Echo of the Past

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Echo of the Past by Polina Roussou
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Dr Galina Daraganova
Research Fellow
Honorary Melbourne University Fellow
Australian Institute of Family Studies
I was astounded by this book. This is one of the few books that you cannot put down until you've read till the very last page. The book is well researched, intelligently written and emotionally stimulating. It reads like a fast paced action novel and the mood of dread, fear and hope are touchingly communicated to the reader. The plot is intriguing and twisted. It reads like a puzzle that you put together only at the very end. It gives you a chill when you think about choices and sacrifices people make when their loved ones belong to fighting countries.
It is a rewarding read and an adventure from the beginning.
Highly recommended!
Echo of the Past by Polina Roussou
Reviewed by M. J. Bedewi, writer, Melbourne, Vic
The twisting plot masterfully creates an underlying sense of mystery to reveal how the pent up passions of individuals, caught in the devastation of a war ravaged Europe, must face the often cruel hand of serendipity.
It is a well created story that weaves itself through a bygone era to resolute with universal truths and astonishing realizations. You may want to read it twice.
From Michael Hasofer,2008
I, like many others I know, was unable to let go of this book once I started reading it until I finished. I felt like I was reading one of the best Agatha Christie mysteries. The mystery is set forward right at the beginning in a powerfully dramatic scene that however reveals nothing. The clues are skilfully introduced one after the other as the tragedy unfolds. Interwoven with the main thread of the story are character descriptions, romantic episodes and beautiful nature excursions. They sustain the reader’s interest throughout the book. And the unexpected revelation comes, in classical tradition, right at the end.
But of course what is unique about this book is not so much its structure but the fact that, unlike most classical mystery works, the criminal actions that eventually lead to the final disaster are not carried out by evil individuals but by evil states. It is they, the Nazi regime that ruled Germany for twelve years and the Stalinist regime that ruled the Soviet Union for seventy years, which drive all the action, brutalizing and ultimately killing innocent citizens. It is they who leave no choice to their innocent victims but to lie, to commit perjury, to deceive their closest family and friends and eventually to even plan and commit murder.
The book is high class entertainment for discerning readers, but at the same time it is one of the strongest, most effective and persuasive indictments of the evil dictatorial regimes that ruled Germany and the Soviet Union that I have ever read.

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Excellent book!

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