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FREE ⚺ A Darker State á For the Stasi, it s not just the truth that gets buried The body of a teenage boy is found weighted down in a lake Karin M ller, newly appointed Major of the People s Police, is called to investigate But her power will only stretch so far, when every move she makes is under the watchful eye of the StasiThen, when the son of M ller s team member goes missing, it quickly becomes clear that there is a terrifying conspiracy at the heart of this case, one that could fast lead M ller and her young family into real dangerCan she navigate this complex political web and find the missing boy, before it s too late 4.5 stars rounded to 5Book 3 in the Karin Muller series I call it the Stasi series since it takes place in the 1970 s in East Berlin The Stasi is the secret police who watches everyone and everything Comrade Major Karin Muller has just been promoted to Major in the People s Police Her new unit, Serious Crimes, is to work in collaboration with the Stasi But no one works with the Stasi, everyone obeys the Stasi whether consciously or not Karin is trying to solve a murder case while also wor 4.5 stars rounded to 5Book 3 in the Karin Muller series I call it the Stasi series since it takes place in the 1970 s in East Berlin The Stasi is the secret police who watches everyone and everything Comrade Major Karin Muller has just been promoted to Major in the People s Police Her new unit, Serious Crimes, is to work in collaboration with the Stasi But no one works with the Stasi, everyone obeys the Stasi whether consciously or not Karin is trying to solve a murder case while also working with the Stasi who has other outcomes in mind Excellent addition to the series Excellent and compelling crime novel with the added bonus of being set in the former East Germany.This is episode 3 of this fascinating police procedural, however each book works as a standalone.What sets it apart from others is the unusual location, combined with the ideology, bureaucracy and secrecy that Oberleutnant Karin M ller and her team have to deal with In this story M ller has been promoted to run a serious crimes unit and quickly has a difficult case on the border with Poland This st Excellent and compelling crime novel with the added bonus of being set in the former East Germany.This is episode 3 of this fascinating police procedural, however each book works as a standalone.What sets it apart from others is the unusual location, combined with the ideology, bureaucracy and secrecy that Oberleutnant Karin M ller and her team have to deal with In this story M ller has been promoted to run a serious crimes unit and quickly has a difficult case on the border with Poland This story lives up to its title, showing a darker side of the GDR that challenges Karin s belief in the GDR and her personal loyalties as well as the looming influence of the Stasi blocking enquiries and influencing the investigation There s various different timelines at play here, so you need to keep your wits about you, but I found this a real page turner.David Young knows East Germany well There s some great details that would appear insignificant to many not familiar with the period or the politics As a result the book portrays a fascinating landscape where David Young s research captures well the feel and the smell of 1970 s East Germany It s well worth reading his notes at the end about how the book developed and his research.However, it s worth not losing sight that it s also a great crime novel with a richly detailed and complex female lead According to David he s contracted for another two books and I m very much looking forward to the further adventures of Karin M ller.If you like police procedurals, strong female characters, along with an Orwellian landscape then I recommend this.I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review David Young s award winning Eastern German historical series returns with a very welcome, brand new instalment For anyone who does not remember the cold war years, this is your chance to get behind the iron curtain and to discover a different era 1976 communist Eastern Germany This was when Germany was divided and half of it was enclosed behind a wall Young has made this era his own.Karin Muller returns in A Darker State which follows on beautifully from Stasi Child and Stasi Wolf.The stor David Young s award winning Eastern German historical series returns with a very welcome, brand new instalment For anyone who does not remember the cold war years, this is your chance to get behind the iron curtain and to discover a different era 1976 communist Eastern Germany This was when Germany was divided and half of it was enclosed behind a wall Young has made this era his own.Karin Muller returns in A Darker State which follows on beautifully from Stasi Child and Stasi Wolf.The story begins with an unexpected promotion for Muller Muller returns from maternity leave to a new job as Major within the People s Police Her old deputy, Werner Tilner follows her A promotion should mean that Muller haspower and self determination in the police However we are in Eastern Germany and it s 1976 This means her every breath is watched by the Stasi, the official state security for the German Democratic Republic GDR Big Brother is watching, taking note and is ready to pounce A cold war surveillance state Brutal and terrifying Your neighbour could be reporting you Your family could be spying on you.Muller and her small murder squad team of Tilner and Schmidt, get a brand new case to focus on The body of a teenage boy is discovered, who appears to have been asphyxiated Very quickly, there is pressure from the Stasi to stop investigating and to cover up the murder Within Muller s team, Schmidt is struggling with the disappearance of his eighteen year old son It appears that these two cases are connected Will Muller manage to piece the clues together to trace Schmidt s son Will the Stasi allow her to get to the truth Once again, I am full of admiration for David Young and the world he creates in A Darker State It feels very real and exciting From the vans watching Muller to the hidden microphones in her flat, we really understand this is a dangerous time, Careless talk costs lives Muller is happy to live in this system She sees the flaws, as well as the positive side The country is as corrupt as any other She pays the price for independent thinking and for not following the rules The Stasi do not trust her In this system, trust is in short supply.Young gives us a story with a fascinating modern twist It echoes back to the darker side of German history This is a murder mystery, in a dark land of fear This is the third story for Muller The writing is as powerful as ever The atmosphere, as intriguing and chilling, as you could imagine The authenticity shines through, from the author s intricate research and attention to detail This series goes from strength to strength.Tremendous, thrilling and ever so ish.Highly recommended T W Mentions of Suicide, Suicide attempt, minor violenceI won a copy of the book through a giveaway on Readers First so thank you to them for picking me as one of the winners I hadn t read the first two books of this series however from my star rating above, I ve decided that I am not interested to carry on reading them Set in Berlin during the Cold War, a body of a teen boy is pulled from a lake, he has been brutally murdered Karin Muller who has just returned after having twins is asked to T W Mentions of Suicide, Suicide attempt, minor violenceI won a copy of the book through a giveaway on Readers First so thank you to them for picking me as one of the winners I hadn t read the first two books of this series however from my star rating above, I ve decided that I am not interested to carry on reading them Set in Berlin during the Cold War, a body of a teen boy is pulled from a lake, he has been brutally murdered Karin Muller who has just returned after having twins is asked to investigate who murdered the boy and why the killer killed him Things get turned upside down when another boy goes missing, the son of one of Muller s close team members With two mysteries to solve, time is running out and secrets will be unravelled Although I liked the historical atmosphere, I just couldn t really connect with the storyline It was a book I was close to DNF ing but decided to carry on to the end as this was a book for review It just wasn t for me, if you do like thrillers set during the Cold War then you may like this one