The year is 1985. East Germany is in the grip of communism. Magda, a brilliant but disillusioned young linguist, is desperate to flee to the West. When a black market deal brings her into contact with Robert, a young Scot studying at Leipzig University, she sees a way to realise her escape plans. But as Robert falls in love with her, he stumbles into a complex world of shifting half-truths – one that will undo them both.
I’d imagine that Fiona has spent some time in the area in which she writes because it felt very real. I might not know the area myself too well, but you know when you get a sense of something being real? That. This is an odd start.
I’m in a hurry, so I’ll paraphrase a lot. I got very consumed by wanting to know what happened to everyone, I got caught up in wanting them to succeed, escape, or survive. The writing is interesting – alternative perspectives and writing styles in each chapter. It’s very direct when a character refers to themselves as you, but it was quite interesting to read.
Heading out now, but it’s a very interesting book.