Today as part of the MTW blog tour, I have on my blog Jude Roy who has reviewed Time Lies by Magnus Stanke. Jude- great to have you here.
This is the brief description of Time Lies by Magnus Stanke on Amazon.com:
“The first kill was accidental.
In ‘Time Lies’, a devious mystery-thriller set in Cold War Germany, a reluctant serial killer realises he has been murdering the wrong people.
But there is hope for him yet…
Karl wakes up in a locked room, a prisoner once again. But this unfamiliar place is no penitentiary. And this time he volunteered to be here.
A tragic accident took everything that was dear to Albert. Now everybody’s favourite twin sits in his wheelchair and contemplates the ultimate sin.
Dagmar was taken in by the church as a baby and has grown into a young woman with a ferocious appetite – and it’s not for food.
Tobias is the other twin, the also-ran whose greatest talent lies in impersonating his brother. Tobias’ skills are less developed when it comes to killing.
But make no mistake – he’ll catch on..
Four different people. Four different stories. One murderer. Maybe their lifelines crossed years ago.”
However, none of that prepares you for the rollercoaster ride you are about to embark on when you start reading Stanke’s novel. The book tells the story of four people, and at first, this reader wondered what the connection was. Then bit by bit, Stanke ties it all together until right around the middle of the novel when he reveals a few choice details and you hit that ah ha moment when you realize where the author has been leading you all along. Then it’s a race to the finish as he gathers the loose ends and you are so hooked that you are reluctant to reach the end because there will be no more.
Stanke’s characters are complex—sometimes loathsome and at other times sympathetic. In other words, human. Take Tobias, for example. He takes the lives of several people throughout the story, but you still sympathize with him because 1, he does so out of necessity, and 2, he does so with conscience. But it goes deeper than that. Tobias is not the favorite son. He feels unwanted and unappreciated. You feel sorry for him. I used the word “rollercoaster” to describe the plot, but I could also use it to describe the characters. They are not all good or all bad, but like all humans, they are a combination of both, and there are moments when you hate them and other moments where you can’t help but like them.
Time Lies is not a perfect novel—Stanke could have done a better job editing, for example—but if you enjoy reading a book that will keep you guessing about what comes next, then you will enjoy Stanke’s book.