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August 2014 eBook of the Month.
Absolutely fascinating and riveting, this powerful read draws you in from the beginning and doesn't let go. Although partially set during the Second Wold War, this is not in itself a novel about war but rather a psychological suspenseful thriller. 'Alphabet House', a secure mental institute in the heart of Nazi Germany, holds more than the obvious concerns for two escaping RAF pilots. This novel contains two parts set in different time periods, allowing the true depths of horror experienced, to shriek and howl from the pages. It’s difficult to comprehend and impossible to fully understand the mental and physical torture that takes place. Adler-Olsen handles the anguish with great sensitivity, yet tells the tale with a stark, brutal reality. At times uncomfortable and difficult to read, none the less it’s a totally compelling tale of survival, guilt and love. ~ Liz Robinson
Germany, World War II. Two English pilots are shot down and crash land behind enemy lines. The area swarming with German troops, they have only minutes to crawl from the wreckage and make their escape.
Boarding a train reserved for wounded SS men on the way home from the eastern front, they ditch their clothing and personal belongings and pose as German soldiers, hiding for days in soiled, bloody beds, feigning unconsciousness. But their act is too convincing and they find find themselves being transferred to Alphabet House, a mental hospital for those damaged by war. How will they escape? And for how long can you simulate insanity without going crazy for real? They are playing a dangerous game and it seems they might not be the only ones in Alphabet House hiding secrets...Alphabet House is a page-turning psychological thriller, containing the same panache and style fans will have come to know and love from Jussi-Adler Olsen's Department Q series and is a great introduction for those who are yet to discover this award-winning author.
Closing date: 30/11/2020
With a new film opening to great acclaim (The Keeper of Lost Causes, based on the novel released in this country as Mercy), people are starting to wake up to one of the most successful of Scandinavian crime writers, the Dane Jussi Adler-Olsen. But the weighty Alphabet House is not one of the series featuring his copper Carl Morck, but is, in fact, the author’s first novel beginning in Germany during the Second World War with two RAF pilots shot down deep inside enemy lines. The eponymous Alphabet House is a mental institution, rendered brilliantly here, which is hardly surprising given that the author’s father worked in one and Adler-Olsen was brought up in its environs.
Publication date: 11/08/2014
Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
|Publication date:||11th August 2014|
|Publisher:||Hesperus Press Ltd|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
Jussi Adler-Olsen was born in Copenhagen and worked as a magazine editor and publisher before starting to write fiction. Mercy and Disgrace are the first two in currently four novels in the Department Q series. He holds the prestigious Glass Key Award, given annually for a crime novel by a Scandinavian author, and is also winner of the Golden Laurels, Denmark's highest literary accolade. Author Photo © Bjarke Johansen Below is a Q & A with this author. If you were asked to describe Fasandræberne in three words, which would they be?I really prefer ...More About Jussi Adler-Olsen