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The House of One Thousand Eyes

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Marsha S, Media

Last updated on 23 Jun 2018

I Recommend This Book

Strongly

Every once in awhile you read a novel that stands out from the rest, sticking in your mind for good. The House of One Thousand Eyes is one of those standouts. I would give this ten stars if I could.

Set in East Germany in the 1980s before the Berlin Wall comes down, this novel focuses on Lena, who was  orphaned when her parents were killed in an industrial accident and she is being raised by her aunt, who is a devout member of the ruling Communist party. Lena lives for the visits she has with her uncle, a writer and anti-communist, but when he suddenly disappears, her world falls apart.

Not your usual setting, not your usual story and certainly not the usual ending. I don't want to give it away because reading this novel is such an immersive experience. Nuanced character development, atmospheric, well-researched. Bravo Michelle Barker!

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