I loved this book. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because I have hunch some people might find it a little slow, but it’s one of the best, most pleasing books I have read in a couple of years. (I reserve the 5-Star rating for books I believe should be rammed down all of humanity’s throats, whether they like it or not. It’s a high bar.)
I picked up One Night in Winter solely because I wanted to listen to a really wonderful narrator. I’m so very glad I did. It’s just this really wonderful slow burning political (mini)-thriller rooted in Stalin’s Russia in 1945. It weaves love stories in with the investigation of the political antics of children. There’s a paranoia that runs through it that gives you such a strong impression of what it must have been like to be close to Stalin during those times.
There isn’t a specific line or scene that stands out. Just wonderful drawn characters and a thoughtful, well-developed social and political context for them to romp around in.
Dipping into the library of old books, since I’ve eaten up all my audio credits for the month.