I was provided an ebook copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Abites, this book has quite a few five star reviews and those reviews are quite effusive in their praise. Looks like I'm in a minority here.
was a strange book for me. I'm not sure if it is just because I am not
used to reading books written by German authors, or if the book truly is
Bille is a woman charged with the murder of her
husband. The book starts as she recounts the seven days of her trial in
journal type entries directed toward her old lover/defense attorney.
There is a very bizarre vulgar sexual paragraph thrown in there which
does not seem to fit with the rest of the book. I'm guessing it was
intended to show us the nature of Bille's past relationship with Ulli
but it just feels completely out of place.
Then we move on to
Book 2, which is Bille telling her story of the past and how things led
up to the trial. Most of it is a repeat of her musings from the trial,
with a few odd bits of new information thrown in.
recounts the story a third time calling it The True Story, again mostly
repeated from earlier tellings with only a few extra bits of information
thrown in here and there.
She later recounts what happened to
her husband during the two years he was missing and there are a couple
of twists and turns in the end.
This is far from the worst book
I've ever read, but it isn't the best either. The story was good, if mostly formulaic. I figured out the murderer before the ending, which isn't unusual. I really did like the twisted
ending, but hated the continuous repetition and kept thinking, just get
on with it already!
What books have you read where your opinion differed greatly from most other reviews? Did you hate something everyone else loved? Or love something everyone else hated?
Want to read it and see if you disagree with me? You can get it at Amazon.
"The Seventh Day" has been on the top of the German Kindle´s best-selling list for many months.
and Michael are a happy couple, finally expecting their first baby. But
then Michael disappears without a trace. Sybille finds herself in the
middle of a living nightmare. When her husband is found, stabbed to
death, there is one suspect only: his wife who is charged with murder.
While listening to the witnesses´ testimonies in court, Sybille in her
mind revisits her life with Michael. On day seven of the trial, suddenly
the truth dawns on her. Now, she only has to find a way to prove it.
This devious mystery is set in Berlin and at a secret place, which is so secret that some readers recognized it.
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