Thank you for stopping by I'm delighted to be sharing my review for The River Runs Red by Ally Rose as part of the blog tour today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...
Berlin is in the midst of its worst winter in decades.
Against the backdrop of freezing temperatures, blizzards and snowstorms, the city refuses to grind to a halt. Lurking within the shadows is a Stasi victim, out for revenge against the former East German informants known as ‘The Ears’. Their dark secrets are about to be exposed.
A mix of ice and water and a single gunshot, provides the ultimate payback.
With the Millennium approaching, Hanne Drais, the criminal psychologist working within the Berlin Mitte Police team led by the irascible Oskar Kruger and his laid-back sidekick, Stefan Glockner, are seeking the perpetrator of these violent crimes.
Who is the man they’ve nicknamed Snowflake?
Who is turning the river red?
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Published by Fahrenheit Press on 24th July 2018.
I have to mention first of all that this is book three in a series but please don't let that put you off, I jumped right in and didn't feel any confusion. There is enough detail given to get a good feel for Hanne's character along with getting to know her even more throughout the book. The other prominent character is Rudy who finds himself under suspicion from the Stasi and what follows sets events in motion that will have repercussions in the future.
The setting for the story added an extra depth with plenty of intrigue to keep things very interesting! Whenever a story has more than one timeline it can be easy to lose track but on the whole I think it worked well. We get to see both events in the run up to the millennium and also back in the late eighties. It's always great to take a look into the past and this book shows us all the details, the fear and crime that takes place. Along with following the investigation and seeing if the perpetrator would be discovered. I loved the little twists with plenty of motive for committing the crimes. The pacing of the story is good and easily kept my attention, I wanted to find out the identity of the killer but on the other hand I could understand the reasoning behind the murders.
With darker moments and a steady pace The River Runs Red made for an intriguing read!
With thanks to Emma and Fahrenheit Press for my copy.
Ally Rose writes –
"I've always been interested in writing crime stories and with the Cold War era, there is such a rich tapestry to draw from; especially the notorious and quelling Stasi reign in East Germany. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain, gives a contrast between the different worlds and any past crimes are held to account in a unified Germany.
Berlin is one of my favourite cities, and I've spent time living and discovering this diverse city and its surrounding areas. Seeing my characters in familiar places, they seem to come to life.
Hope you enjoy my Hanne Drais books."