How long can you pretend to be mad without going mad? Two English pilots are forced to find out when they are shot down behind enemy lines in 1944. The area is swarming with German troops, so, unable to escape, they ditch their clothing and personal belongings, pose as German soldiers, and board a train carrying wounded SS men home from the eastern front. But their act is too convincing and they find find themselves being transferred to Alphabet House, a mental hospital for those damaged by war. They are playing a dangerous game, and it seems they might not be the only ones there hiding secrets....
Both escape adventure and psychological thriller, Alphabet House is a meticulously researched stand-alone story from the acclaimed author of the 10-million-selling 'Department Q series'
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this is an interesting departure from Adler-Olsens usual stuff. it is a fascinating insight into human survival under extreme duress
"No where near as good as Department Q books"
17 hours of my life I will never get back ! I love the Department q series and was really looking forward to this - sadly it is dull dreary and full of plot holes - thank goodness I did Department Q first or I would never have read / listened to them after this !
what a fantastic story I was gripped from beginning to the end. loved every word.
"Took a reasonable time to pick up the pace."
The story has aa slow start but stick with it. I have listened to several other novels by this author but this is a different style. However is still worth the time.
brilliant could not put it down tence story will look forward to the next book
"a really good read"
the unusual view of madness or perceived madness was a compelling read. the main characters were described in a way that brought them to life
Outstandingly well written. Deeply disturbing and, ultimately, heartbreaking. Won't go into any details of the plot, there's a blurb for that. Just wish the next reader of this book the emotional strength to finish it.
"gripping page turner"
l listened through to the small hours. A page Turner and classic Adler-Olsen psychological thriller
Got a bit lost mid way through but really enjoyed the characters and narration. Good plot and historically convincing.
"It's a slow burner"
Another excellent book. I felt that it took its time getting going but then really hit the spot. The harsh reality of what it takes to survive was well presented
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