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Swimming in the Dark (vuoden 2014 painos)

– tekijä: Paddy Richardson

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"German immigrants, Gerda and Ilse Klein, live sedate lives of seclusion and routine in Alexandra, a small Central Otago town in New Zealand. Both mother and daughter are affected by their memories of Leipzig, the city the family escaped from in the early 1980s while it was still under the rule of the Stasi. For Ilse, these memories are of a home and friends she loved and still longs for. For Gerda the memories bring the desperate depression which overwhelms her in the dark months of winter. But for now the women look forward to summer, with the promise of peace and rest as Ilse, now a teacher at the local high hchool, begins her weeks of holiday. This expectation of peace is fractured when Ilse, while swimming as she regularly does in the evenings in the local river, discovers Serena, one of the few students she has allowed herself to grow close to, alone, terrified and in the process of giving birth. Suspecting that Serena is a victim of abuse, Ilse and Gerda take her and her child into their home, a decision which becomes the catalyst for change, but when Serena and her child come under threat from the man who has brutalised and molested her, the women unite to protect them"--Publisher information.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:PaulaCheg
Teoksen nimi:Swimming in the Dark
Kirjailijat:Paddy Richardson
Info:Upstart Press (2014), Paperback, 288 pages
Kokoelmat:ebook
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 6) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
(7.5) There was a lot to enjoy in this book. Very good character development and vivid settings. It is a gripping tale of suspense but I struggle with the criminal violence. This is not my usual genre and it really gave me nightmares. ( )
  HelenBaker | Mar 16, 2016 |
Every now and again you come across an author who writes fabulous books, and yet, sadly seems to stay too far below the radar. New Zealander Paddy Richardson is one of the best thriller writers around these days, one who undoubtedly deserves a much bigger readership than she seems to have garnered. Full Review at Reviewing the Evidence: http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com/review.html?id=10295 ( )
  austcrimefiction | Apr 13, 2015 |
Violence in war, power over women. These factors bring together a group of women who ultimately find a good place for themselves.
  PaulaCheg | Jan 10, 2015 |
I love it when a book takes me in a completely unexpected direction. SWIMMING IN THE DARK did this several times. In less than three hundred pages. Bliss.

As the book opens we meet high school student Serena Freeman. Just another bloody Freeman. The youngest of the brood of always-in-trouble kids whose mother is the object of much derision in their small New Zealand town. But Serena is clever. There is hope that she will avoid the family curse. Then she encounters her own kind of trouble. Then she disappears.

Richardson draws the reader into this novel with a sympathetic but not sentimental introduction of Serena Freeman as the sort of character who demands attention. Struggling to overcome the odds, yearning to believe she has a chance – that the belief her older sister and Miss (one of her teachers) show in her is well-founded – not, at first, understanding the implications of the man who stops to talk to her sometimes.

But Serena is not the only star of the novel. There is Miss – Ilsa Klein – a teacher of Serena’s who fled East Germany with her parents when she was only 10. She lives with her now somewhat elderly mother who is tormented by her past with the Stasi. Richardson slowly and deliberately allows the reader to learn the reasons behind this torment and the impact the memories have on Gerda’s behaviour in the present day. And Lynnie, Serena’s older sister who has escaped the curse of the Freeman name in her own way, is also well-drawn: displaying a very realistic mix of guilt, determination and sibling love.

The narrative structure and story arc of SWIMMING IN THE DARK are both superb. Keeping the reader guessing but completely engaged at the same time.

Any other point I’d like to make would constitute too much of a spoiler so I shall so no more. Except that I am still pondering this novel many days after finishing it and I shall be recommending it widely. It’s not just for crime fans.
  bsquaredinoz | Jan 5, 2015 |
This really is among the best books I have read this year. I think it is one of those rare ones, where the literary merges with crime fiction. For much of the book you wonder what "the crime" is going to be, although in reality there are many.

The Freeman family is one of those small country town families blighted from the beginning by poverty and social circumstances. Lynnie, the eldest of five, escapes early and heads for the city, eventually making a better life for herself. Serena is the youngest, brighter, but still not protected by her mother, the school, and the authorities in the way they should. And then her mother contacts Lynnie to tell her that Serena has been missing for three weeks. Lynnie comes home.

Serena's favourite teacher is Miss Klein. She and her mother are immigrants from East Germany. Richardson does a wonderful job of describing their background and, for me, sheds light on what life in Leipzig under the Stasi was like.

The plots merge in the present in the small New Zealand town of Alexandra, but the story moves the reader effortlessly through time and location.

A fabulous read. ( )
  smik | Aug 8, 2014 |
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"German immigrants, Gerda and Ilse Klein, live sedate lives of seclusion and routine in Alexandra, a small Central Otago town in New Zealand. Both mother and daughter are affected by their memories of Leipzig, the city the family escaped from in the early 1980s while it was still under the rule of the Stasi. For Ilse, these memories are of a home and friends she loved and still longs for. For Gerda the memories bring the desperate depression which overwhelms her in the dark months of winter. But for now the women look forward to summer, with the promise of peace and rest as Ilse, now a teacher at the local high hchool, begins her weeks of holiday. This expectation of peace is fractured when Ilse, while swimming as she regularly does in the evenings in the local river, discovers Serena, one of the few students she has allowed herself to grow close to, alone, terrified and in the process of giving birth. Suspecting that Serena is a victim of abuse, Ilse and Gerda take her and her child into their home, a decision which becomes the catalyst for change, but when Serena and her child come under threat from the man who has brutalised and molested her, the women unite to protect them"--Publisher information.

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