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The Reader (Paperback)
  • The Reader (Paperback)
Paperback Published: 01/12/2008
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'A thriller, a love story and a deeply moving examination of a German conscience' [Independent on Saturday] For 15-year-old Michael Berg, a chance meeting with an older woman leads to far more than he ever imagined. The woman in question is Hanna, and before long they embark on a passionate, clandestine love affair which leaves Michael both euphoric and confused. For Hanna is not all she seems. Years later, as a law student observing a trial in Germany, Michael is shocked to realize that the person in the dock is Hanna. The woman he had loved is a criminal. Much about her behaviour during the trial does not make sense. But then suddenly, and terribly, it does - Hanna is not only obliged to answer for a horrible crime, she is also desperately concealing an even deeper secret.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780753823293

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Beautifully written although slightly predictable ending. Good insight into Germany post war. Could not put down is a very powerful storyline but characters un-relatable.Recommended read.

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