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City of Shadows af Ariana Franklin
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City of Shadows (udgave 2007)

af Ariana Franklin (Forfatter)

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Esther, a bookkeeper at a decadent Berlin nightclub, meets an enigmatic woman who claims to be Anastasia, the surviving daughter of the last Tsar. The possible Russian princess is being followed by a serial killer, and the stage is set for a thrilling mystery that builds to a, literally, jaw-dropping ending.… (mere)
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Titel:City of Shadows
Forfattere:Ariana Franklin (Forfatter)
Info:William Morrow (2007), 422 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:***1/2
Nøgleord:fiction, historical fiction

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City of Shadows af Ariana Franklin

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I love this book; and it screams for a rereading after you know the plot twist. Upon rereading the clues are ingenious and heartbreaking both. Franklin (pseudonym for a writer of historical fiction) deftly writes history that is sharp in tone, not sentimental or maudlin. The tension of the last part of the book (when you know what's coming for Berlin but Berliners don't) is excruciating. ( )
  jjaylynny | Nov 12, 2016 |
I love Franklin's style - easy to read and engaging. This hooked me from the start, and while I found the ending to be impossibly implausible, I was along for the journey. The characters are believable and complex and I enjoyed the historical context. A great read. ( )
  mmacd3814 | May 30, 2016 |
Set in Berlin from 1922 to 1933, this suspense novel explores a turbulent time for the people of Germany, who are struggling with hyper-inflation, a depressed economy and a government unable to get the nation back on its feet following defeat in WWI. Esther Solomonova is a refugee from that era; a Russian Jew who bears the scars of the pogrom which killed her family, she works as a secretary to fellow Russian “Prince” Nick who runs several cabarets. But when Nick discovers a woman in an insane asylum who claims to be a Romanov, Esther is pressed to help him pass her off as the Grand Duchess Anastasia. Whoever Anna Anderson really is, it’s clear that there is someone out to kill her.

This was a very atmospheric novel, with the city and time frame central to the plot. However, it moved rather slowly for me. Not sure if this was a side effect of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but I could never really lose myself in the story and it took me a long time to read.

That being said, Franklin crafts an intricate plot and gives us wonderful characters which she slowly reveals throughout the novel. I came to really care about Esther, Anna, and Inspector Schmidt. While I thought that the actual killer and the reveal / resolution of that plot line was a little over the top, I give Franklin credit for building suspense. Already familiar with the historical events during this time frame, I grew increasingly nervous about how they would endure the coming political changes.

In a brief Author’s Note at the end of the novel, Franklin explains how she took inspiration from the real story of Anna Anderson, who called herself the Grand Duchess Anastasia.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 14, 2016 |
I love historical fiction, but this book drug on a little for me. There were a few too many characters to keep track of and I just never really got into the story. It was well-written with an interesting premise, but not one of my favorites. ( )
  sbenne3 | Feb 28, 2015 |
Somewhat of a mystery novel which is not usually my kind of book. It turns out I really enjoyed this one though. It was the cover that drew me in! ( )
  Anietzerck | Dec 28, 2014 |
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Esther, a bookkeeper at a decadent Berlin nightclub, meets an enigmatic woman who claims to be Anastasia, the surviving daughter of the last Tsar. The possible Russian princess is being followed by a serial killer, and the stage is set for a thrilling mystery that builds to a, literally, jaw-dropping ending.

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