Thursday, August 27, 2015
Review of Lehrter Station by David Downing (2012, Old Street)
This fifth book in David Downing’s ‘Berlin stations’ series and it is very much a series book being mainly focused on revealing the fate of the characters from the previous four books and the city of Berlin post World War Two. It was certainly interesting to discover who had survived and perished and to get a sense of everyday life in the ruins and the large-scale migrations occurring. And Russell and Effi are as engaging as ever. That said, the tale lacked impetus, pace and tension, being a rather meandering affair with a handful of intersecting threads and lacking a clear resolution, and the hold of the Soviets over Russell felt a little weak. Overall, then, a book that felt like a bridging episode, but nonetheless a nice read.