The Absolutist by John Boyne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is not the book you think it will be. It is so much better! This a new perspective on a familiar tale, constantly developing and surprising; keeping you engaged and enthral led as the story takes shape.
And oh does it hurt to read some of it. Some sentences are a slap in the face or a punch to the stomach; some images are so tragic they are beyond belief. And yet you know it would all be true for some poor soul, for those were the times. Like Boyne's 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' , you will be shocked, heartbroken and relieved all at the same time. Again, Boyne makes a tragedy beautifully poignant.
This book is so unexpected, and exceptionally written that anyone would find it hard to put down. Just be prepared, for there is an ending not entirely happy (and yet not unhappy either) and it will shock you beyond tears.