None of the characters were stereotypical. The policemen, the instigator/criminal, the victims and even the crimes themselves were all unexpected. Karin Fossum's stories are always a wonderful way to spend your time - either reading or listening.
The two stories - Jacob old and young - were both narrated beautifully, The story was heart-rending and so graphically written, it was so easy to see the circus in your mind. For those who like a happy ending ... this is it!
I really enjoyed this book especially as it introduced me to a country I know very little about. The differences in the lives of the 3 main characters was amazing. The professor from the city with his worldly ways, the young ex-soldier fresh from the battlefields in the war with the Kurds and his 15 year old cousin, a rape victim under a death sentence. Their individual journeys, and then their time together made this a wonderful experience.
A very sad postscipt was that I discovered when looking for other books she had narrated, that the wonderful narrator died in a freak drowning accident in 2006.
I should have realised when I heard that this had been published by a Christian publishing organisation that this book would be a bit too much for an agnostic. I found the story very one dimensional where all the "good" characters were so "good", it was painful. There was some very interesting background into the history of Iraq and the makeup of the religious populatons. The descriiptions of the Green Zone and life outside it were also informative. The simplistic idea that a group of dedicated Christians could bring peace and unity to the crisis in Iraq was disappointing.
The reader, however, did an excellent job.
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