Thursday, May 12, 2016

The End of Law by Therese Down

Berlin, 1933: as Hitler rises to power; the law--designed to protect and serve--becomes twisted to the will of those who dream of a pure Aryan race.SS Officer Walter Gunther is intensely loyal to the Third Reich. His readiness to kill without question or remorse would seem to make him the ideal candidate to lead the T4 euthanasia programme. SS officer Karl Muller, a trainee doctor and engineer, is also brought into the programme, and assured that his work is consistent with the Hippocratic oath he's due to take.
Their mandate: to kill the "unworthies"--not just the Jews, but crippled children, the mentally ill, homosexuals. Hedda, Walter's wife and old acquaintance of Karl, has no idea of what their work entails. Until, that is, the fate of their families is at stake, and each must confront afresh the choices they have made.
This dark, tense novel is a compelling story of human tragedy, and man's potential to revel in, or fight against, the evil actions of a corrupted nation.

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Therese DownBiography

Therese Down was born in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, to Irish parents but grew up in the Midlands and a couple of years at boarding school in co. Tipperary, Eire. She has taught for more than two decades in a variety of state secondary schools and sixth form colleges and since 2001, has held two successive Head of English posts in a High School and her present post, in a Birmingham Sixth Form college. She has three adult children and lives in Worcestershire.

Her first novel, 'Only with Blood', was published by Lion Hudson in June 2015 and is an exploration of life in rural Tipperary in the 1940s. Her second novel, 'The End of Law' is also published by Lion Hudson and is set in Berlin during the decade 1933-43.

Here are my thoughts......
I am still working on reading this book but wanted to get my review in for it. The book is good but it is very in depth and the chapters are very long. Each chapter has a lot to process and deal with. This book has so many hard things to process and it pains me to know these things really happened. The writing is good but a little bit hard to follow sometimes. I always enjoy reading WW2/ Holocaust books and have been enjoying this one. The only real downside to this book is the bad language that it has. I am enjoying this book and would recommend it to history buffs. Overall a good book and a great story.
Thank you to Kregel for the opportunity to review this book. A positive review was not required.

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