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Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Alphabet House by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Summary on Goodreads.

I don't give it the full 5-stars because of the ending, but this is just another of Adler-Olsen's books that blows my mind.

This is a compelling work. I couldn't stop reading it. It is not about the regular Nazi crimes against Jews but about a Nazi asylum for the insane. I literally devoured the plot.

At the beginning it was a little slow paced, but it was necessary so we could understand what James and Bryan went through to adopt their new identities. And life in the asylum! I expected a little bit more instances of crazy-like behavior but, it was good.

The only thing that seemed kind of fantastic (as a magic solution) was the ending. Stop reading NOW if you don't want to know what happened to James!

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So, how come that after 30 years that James spent drugged (he was constantly fed some pills to keep him quite), one day he doesn't take the pills and that is enough to make him "wake up" and kill everyone? Even more, after 30 years without speaking, he suddenly was able to speak again. Not only speak, even curse and be sarcastic!!! I found that too fantastic-like. Maybe a slow recovery would had been believable.