by Sofi Oksanen
Deep in an Estonian forest, two women, one young, one old, are hiding. Zara is a prostitute and a murderer, on the run from brutal captors - men who know how to punish a woman.
Aliide offers refuge but not safety: she has her own criminal secrets - traitorous crimes of passion and revenge committed long ago, during the country's brutal Soviet years. Both women have survived lives of abuse. But this time their survival depends on revealing the one thing history has taught them to keep safely hidden: the truth. A haunting, intimate and gripping story of suspicion, betrayal and retribution against a backdrop of Soviet oppression and European war.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 01/05/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781848872134
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Review by ebyrne41
This is a gripping, well written story of love, survival, sexual violence, secrets, treachery. It tells of the lives of two women in Estonia, gradually revealing their stories, moving back and forth through time to do so. It starts slowly but builds nicely and you soon become engrossed. I was a little apprehensive about reading it, thinking the topic somewhat depressing, but it didn't depress and I am so glad I read it. I can see this making the shortlist for the 2012 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and I highly recommend it.
Review by jon1lambert
An excellent novel - more like a thriller - set against the turbulent background of Estonian history. It is the story of two sisters, of treachery, fear, love and guilt. Estonia is a main character in its own right, exerting its nationalism and its survival instinct against all odds. Super despite the constant flashbacks.