In the final days of the Third Reich, with the historic city of Dresden on the brink of destruction, terrifying rumors spread about the Fright Man, a demonic killer who exploited the cover of a nighttime air raid siren to mutilate and kill a young nurse. Just as seasoned detective Max Heller begins investigating, the Fright Man kills again…
The investigation seems hopeless. Desperate refugees flood the streets, all of Heller’s resources are depleted, and his new boss is a ruthless SS officer. And like so many others, Heller and his wife, Karin, survive on meager rations while fearing for the lives of their sons at the front. But as tensions mount and enemy firebombs decimate the city, dangerous new clues come to light—and the determined Heller pursues a violent and twisting path to unmask a monster.
2 stars **
Most people are going to tell you this book was fantastic but in all honesty it took me 10 days to read, which is a horrible reading rate for me. I could not immerse myself in this book and looked for the smallest excuse to pick up a different book or go do some yard work.
The writing was actually quite good and there were a lot of interesting facts about WWII mixed into the story line. I am a lover of all things WWII, yet the actual murder mystery turned me away. Heller just seems to stumble his way through the book and into catching his bad guy. The author perfectly detailed the bombings of Dresden and all the horror that went on with the local German people, stick in shelters and burning in streets. These details were the redeeming factor of the book to me.
Heller was a bumbling idiot throughout the book and I understood for the beginning the difficulties the war brought to the investigation. Yet somehow with no real clues the book ended in us finding our man (after we found a couple others). I felt that this which was supposed to be the main plot fell into the cracks and just randomly jumped into view to support the descriptions of what Dresden went through during Allied bombings. The ending that leads to the capture of the Fright Man while Dresden has been destroyed just didn’t seem to flow easily.
I won a free copy of this book through Goodreads giveaway, for an honest review and I hope you all see that is what I tried to present. I do not regret reading this book but I probably will not recommend it to anyone else.