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Wer das Schweigen bricht

R II Flash forward to November 1997 Robert Lubisch brings the group back together for the first time in decades to investigate a tragic family secret Trust is Looks like the Scandi noir genre has some competition Mechtild Borrman is well known in Germany for her murder mysteries and I believe this is the first one translated into English It's not a tremendously long story barely 230 pages and there are a lot of characters readers might have difficulty keeping track of but it's an intriguing tale that jumps back and forth between the late 1990s and the war years in northern Germany The ending is one I didn't see coming which is always a pleasant surprise and despite the shortness of the novel Borrmann has managed to create mostly well rounded and 3 dimensional characters

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Shattered when one of the friends turns up murdered leaving all of them guilty until proven innocentWinner of the 2012 Deutscher Krimi Prize for best crime nov In Times of War There is No Such Thing as PeaceKids being kids Going to school Obeying school rules Then enticement comes in the form of loyalty to the Fatherland Or so they think The crimes against humanity which children endured and sometimes committed are unthinkable But it was in the name of survival The guilt the remorse the self hatred The admission of these truths when near death their final confession

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August 1939 six young people band together in the face of war torn Germany their friendship about to be put on trial as they land on opposite sides of World Wa Whereas a few years ago Sweden became a hub for mysteries translated to English now it’s Germany’s turn; this is the fifth or sixth I’ve read in the past year The premise is simple man finds photo has daddy issues piues a journalist’s curiosity But of course things are never that simple especially because there’s another narrative going on taking place during World War 2For a while the journalist is the protagonist but when she’s killed this turns from a history mystery to a murder mystery The new lead is a small town cop derisively described as a “small town sheriff” who talks to cats Oh boyThis could have easily been two separate stories but thankfully they tied together very well The last twist did indeed surprise me; nothing told me it was coming And the killing of the journalist turned out to be probably not a spoiler but why take the chance?Altogether a well written book; setting and plot in particular stand out The one place that could have been improved was the dialogue in helping to set each character apart especially in the historical storyline; there’s a character guide in the beginning but I was hoping not to have to refer to it as often as I did


About the Author: Mechtild Borrmann

Mechtild Borrmann born in Cologne is a German author of crime novels She now lives in Bielefeld.



10 thoughts on “Wer das Schweigen bricht

  1. says:

    Germany past and present clash in this excellent translated German thrillerSet in small German town in the late 90s the discovery of some old army papers ignite an investigation that uncovers some dark secrets among a small group of friends at the end of the warWhilst I thought I’d guessed the plot there’s twists and turns towards an unexpected conclusion A rattling good read


  2. says:

    Whereas a few years ago Sweden became a hub for mysteries translated to English now it’s Germany’s turn; this is the fifth or sixth I’ve read in the past year The premise is simple man finds photo has daddy issues piues a journalist’s curiosity But of course things are never that simple especially because there’s another narrative going on taking place during World War 2For a while the journalist is the protagonist but when she’s killed this turns from a history mystery to a murder mystery The new lead is a small town cop derisively described as a “small town sheriff” who talks to cats Oh boyThis could have easily been two separate stories but thankfully they tied together very well The last twist did indeed surprise me; nothing told me it was coming And the killing of the journalist turned out to be probably not a spoiler but why take the chance?Altogether a well written book; setting and plot in particular stand out The one place that could have been improved was the dialogue in helping to set each character apart especially in the historical storyline; there’s a character guide in the beginning but I was hoping not to have to refer to it as often as I did


  3. says:

    Friedhelm Lubisch founded a respected construction company and donated a fortune to the Association of Displaced Persons in Germany But his son Robert never lived up to his expectations While going through his deceased father's papers Robert is reminded of the story his father told him of stealing a dead SS guard's papers and running away from the war front He also finds a photograph of an unidentified woman from the same time period and decides to try and identify herThis novel deftly weaves past and present together to consider the uestion of identity What makes us who we are? Our family? Our actions? Our secrets? What is the cost of keeping secrets? Or of breaking silence?The past is the relationships and actions of five young men and women close friends on the eve of World War II who are separated by actions and ideaology The present is Robert's search for the identity of the woman in his father's photo The intersection of the two results in a murder and the uncovering of at least two secretsFirst published in Germany as Wer das Schweigen bricht the one who breaks the silence this novel won the 2012 Deustcher Krimi prize for best crime novel Translated into English by Aubrey BotsfordI received an electronic copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for a review


  4. says:

    One of the best book I've read in a long timeRobert Lubisch found an old photograph of a young woman and some papers in his father's study after he died This discovery led Robert to search for the woman and her connection to his father The story starts before the second world war and ends early this century I won't go into any details because it would spoil the story for other readersI usually only review really good books or really bad ones and this one is exceptionally good Although there are uite a lot of characters with German names I didn't find it difficult to follow An excellent author and I hope I can find of her work translated into EnglishCongratulations also to the translator As I was reading I forgot that the book wasn't written in English Because of the spelling and some terminology I assume it was aimed at the American market but this didn't detract in any way


  5. says:

    Looks like the Scandi noir genre has some competition Mechtild Borrman is well known in Germany for her murder mysteries and I believe this is the first one translated into English It's not a tremendously long story barely 230 pages and there are a lot of characters readers might have difficulty keeping track of but it's an intriguing tale that jumps back and forth between the late 1990s and the war years in northern Germany The ending is one I didn't see coming which is always a pleasant surprise and despite the shortness of the novel Borrmann has managed to create mostly well rounded and 3 dimensional characters


  6. says:

    Family secretsInteresting story often told through flashbacks while solving the murder of a woman today and the connection to the disappearance of a man during World War II Enough intrigue and surprising twists to keep the reader curious


  7. says:

    I loved the story The backdrop is Germany during WWII and follows 6 high schoolers who graduated at the start of the war and their experiences But the story was done in a current day flashback styleA man cleaning out his father's desk after he passes finds a photo that makes him want to find out about his father's history during the war The digging leads him to a small town to an investigative reporter Just as she is making progress into the story she learns that it will be a huge story but then she is murderedSo a murder mystry with ties to the past Intriguing and hard to put to down It reads like a story based on real life but it is listed as fiction so I'm not sure But it does make you wonder what kind of skeletons are being discovered as WW II players are passing


  8. says:

    In Times of War There is No Such Thing as PeaceKids being kids Going to school Obeying school rules Then enticement comes in the form of loyalty to the Fatherland Or so they think The crimes against humanity which children endured and sometimes committed are unthinkable But it was in the name of survival The guilt the remorse the self hatred The admission of these truths when near death their final confession


  9. says:

    No real surprise but still goodYou can pretty well work out whodunit early on but it's all about arriving at the solution This is of a study of a group of friends coming of age in a difficult time This is the author's first book to be translated into English a second book has been translated and is now on my to read list


  10. says:

    SurprisesI really appreciate a story with a surprise ending so I really enjoyed the other surprises even Well written This is my first time to read this author but it won't be my last


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