What is deeper than death

Death and deep fall / Erik Donner vol. 1

Chief Detective Erik Donner has lost everything that was important to him in his life. His wife has disappeared without a trace and his little daughter was murdered right before his eyes by his former partner Jeff. While trying to save her, Donner suffered such severe injuries that he is forever marked. The once brilliant investigator, who was known for his outstanding clarification rate, was also put on the sidelines professionally and banished to the desk. But suddenly Donner becomes the target of a perfidious campaign of revenge. There are murders associated with him. His colleagues start looking for him. But Donner does not give up, he tries desperately to find the mastermind. A race against time ... more

Chief Detective Erik Donner has lost everything that was important to him in his life. His wife has disappeared without a trace and his little daughter was murdered right before his eyes by his former partner Jeff. While trying to save her, Donner suffered such severe injuries that he is forever marked. The once brilliant investigator, who was known for his outstanding clarification rate, was also put on the sidelines for work and banished to the desk. But suddenly Donner becomes the target of a perfidious campaign of revenge. There are murders associated with him. His colleagues start looking for him. But Donner does not give up, he tries desperately to find the mastermind. A race against time begins...

The entry into this thriller is relatively effortless, as you are immediately thrown into the situation in which Donner faces his former partner Jeff and loses his daughter through him. The plot is told on different time levels, you follow current events, but there are always reviews of the past. The changes are well marked so that you can easily assign the times.

The author does an excellent job of setting the pace right from the start. Relatively short chapters, which often stop at crucial points, ensure that you get caught up in the action early on and you definitely want to learn more about Erik Donner, his past, but of course also about the mastermind behind the campaign of revenge. Just like Erik Donner, you grope in the dark for a long time and make your own guesses. But the puzzle cannot be put together that quickly. You are torn between what to believe and only late can you imagine who might be behind it all. The tension built up early on can be maintained throughout and even increases enormously towards the end.

The writing style is fluid and easy to read. You can easily imagine the described scenes and get involved in the exciting game of cat and mouse. There is a gloomy mood, which is however loosened up in places by irony. By the way, you shouldn't be too sensitive when reading, because the killer who wants to cast suspicion on thunder is not exactly squeamish with his victims and the author describes these scenes so intensely that you can see them spontaneously. Donner is not a protagonist who is immediately sympathetic, because he is too much persecuted by the demons of his past for that. It is therefore not always easy to understand his behavior, but in the course of the action he seems increasingly personable.

Thrillers are my absolute favorites and I almost devoured this copy in one go. Once started, I got increasingly drawn into the action and didn't want to put the book down until I got to the end. The tension built up early on was noticeable to me throughout and the end was conclusive. I am therefore giving an enthusiastic five rating stars and a clear reading recommendation for thriller fans.