A big welcome to my review for A Darker State by David Young.
A Darker State was published on 8th February 2018 by Zaffre and is the third in the series featuring Karin Muller.
For the Stasi, it’s not just the truth that gets buried . . .
The body of a teenage boy is found weighted down in a lake. Karin Müller, newly appointed Major of the People’s Police, is called to investigate. But her power will only stretch so far, when every move she makes is under the watchful eye of the Stasi.
Then, when the son of Müller’s team member goes missing, it quickly becomes clear that there is a terrifying conspiracy at the heart of this case, one that could fast lead Müller and her young family into real danger.
Can she navigate this complex political web and find the missing boy, before it’s too late?
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A big thank you to Emily Burns at Bonnier Zaffre for issuing me with a review copy of this book and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.
A Darker State is the third in the series with Karin Muller as the main character. Things have changed since the last book and she finds herself promoted to Major in the People’s Police and tasked with leading the new Serious Crimes Department. She is also the mother of newborn twins. Her first case in her newly promoted role is to investigate the murder of a young man found weighted down in a lake. Things take a turn for worse when Markus, the son of one of Muller’s colleagues goes missing….
The story moves along at a slower pace to start with but picks up as we learn more and more about what links the murders….The chapters are told over a period of 6 months and we learn more about Markus and what has led up to his disappearance whilst also following the investigation from Karin’s point of view.
The author does a fantastic job of providing us with another excellent additon to this series and gives us perfect descriptions of Germany during the Cold War. You can picture everything vividly whilst he ramps up the atmosphere in the Stasi controlled Germany.
The research done by the author is absolutely second to none and it was fascinating to read about Cold War Germany as it wasn’t something I knew too much about. You follow Karin as she tries to investigate the murder of a series of young men whilst trying to avoid the interference of the Stasi Officers and also trying to hold together her own life which appears to be slowly falling apart. The story becomes quite dark but I think this only added to the impact you feel as you eagerly each the final chapters.
You really do feel for Karin throughout the story – I’m hoping the next installment will see things improve for her!
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About the Author
David Young was born near Hull and – after dropping out of a Bristol University science degree – studied Humanities at Bristol Polytechnic specialising in Modern History. Temporary jobs cleaning ferry toilets and driving a butcher’s van were followed by a career in journalism with provincial newspapers, a London news agency, and the BBC’s international newsrooms where he led news teams for the World Service radio and World TV.
David was a student on the inaugural Crime Thriller MA at City University – winning the course prize in 2014 for his debut novel Stasi Child – and now writes full-time in his garden shed. In his spare time, he’s a keen supporter of Hull City AFC.
Stasi Child is the first of three books in the Oberleutnant Karin Müller series – set in 1970s communist East Germany – bought by the UK arm of Swedish publisher Bonnier by former Quercus CEO Mark Smith. It reached the top 5 bestsellers on Amazon Kindle, was number one bestseller in Amazon’s Historical Fiction chart, and has been optioned for TV by Euston Films (Minder, The Sweeney etc). Translation rights have so far been sold to France.