Saying you’re sorry may not save your life….
One. Two. Three. That’s all it takes to drive the nail into her head, to leave her hanging on the wall. She deserved to die. Now all he needs is absolution for his sins. And he knows just the people who can help. If 'sorry' seems to be the hardest word, then let us say it for you.
Kris, Tamara, Wolf and Frauke. Four friends with one big idea: an agency called Sorry. Unfair dismissals, the wrongly accused: everyone has a price, and Sorry will find out what it is. It’s as simple as that. But they didn’t count on their next client being a killer. Standing face to face with a brutally murdered woman, the philosophy that has brought them so much success sounds hollow. But who is the killer and why has he killed her? Someone is mocking them for playing God - and hell is only just beginning.
©2012 Zoran Drvenkar (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Sorry is the kind of thriller, the kind of novel, that doesn’t come along every day…. Sorry thrills, and it thrills immaculately. It’s that oft-cited but very rare species of novel we call a page-turner, and it brilliantly achieves this because Drvenkar knows how to use all the tools at his disposal, to excellent effect." (New York Times)
"This thriller breaks with all conventions, topping all expectations. Drvenkar has taken the well-known theme of guilt and atonement and turned it upside down, playing a morbid game with his protagonists and the reader. Fast paced and in deadly good style. A joy to read, a piece of art." (Die Welt)
This is an unusual novel in number of ways - which would normally be a good thing. It is told with a mixture of first, second and third person, with both the present and past tense, which was not to my taste as I thought it was trying just a bit too hard.
But it is not the narration style that turned me off this book, it was the darkness of the story. Perhaps I'm being oversensitive because the scenes we no more gory than expected. It was the characters that, while interesting, were too damaged for me enjoy spending any time with. I thought about giving up several times, and now wish I had.
It is hard one to score - I regret buying it - but maybe that is because it is very good at what it is trying to do.
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