Fatherland by Robert Harris

STATUS: Completed.

A read deserving of its reputation.  The pacing is genius; the plot’s progression is a masterpiece.  From beginning to end, the reader is held captive, sentenced to turning the pages in suspense.  The world Harris creates here is believable and frightening.  I found myself wanting to rebel from within it.  My only criticism is that the character of Charlie (the protagonist’s sidekick and love interest) was a little clichéd and a spot underdeveloped.  A shame when the other minor characters were far more memorable and interesting.  A dark, taught and thoroughly entertaining thriller that I am already looking forward to reading again.  The ending was spectacular.  So often a book concludes with fifty or so more pages to wade through.  Fatherland took me right to the end and left me wanting more.  Definitely one for the “Keeps” pile.

4.25 out of 5

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