The first thing I thought after I had finished reading this book was how much I learnt about the effects of the war on Germany. I really liked this as I'm all about learning new things. Learning whilst enjoying reading the book was even better. I've found that some historical based books can give too much information and it feels as though you're reading a non-fiction book, however, this novel got the balance just right. The information was woven through the vivid descriptions which not only created an atmosphere, but made the history come alive with a very powerful effect.
The Wolf Children is the second novel in the Inspector Stave series. (The first is 'The Murderer in Ruins') I had absolutely no trouble understanding what was going on and so it works perfectly well as a standalone. Despite this, I would still recommend reading the first novel in the series, simply because if it's anything like this one, it's too good to miss.
Stave was a brilliant character, I especially enjoyed seeing the development of his friendship with MacDonald. He was well developed and I liked the side plot of his personal life which didn't take over the story, but instead built on the main plot and enhanced it well.
The ending tied up events of the novel and I thought the last page, in particular the last couple of paragraphs, were extremely harrowing and the words have stayed with me since I finished the book.
Overall, I'd give this novel 5 out of 5 and add it to my five star favourites shelf! It's my first five star read of the year and is very deserving of this title! I'd recommend picking up a copy of this, if not the first book too! It was compelling, eye-opening and a brilliant read.
The Wolf Children is published by Arcadia Books, £8.99
This book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review.