Deep in the heart of history’s most infamous concentration camp, a man lies dreaming. His name is Shomer, and before the war he was a pulp fiction author. Now, to escape the brutal reality of life in Auschwitz, Shomer spends his nights imagining another world – a world where a disgraced former dictator now known only as Wolf ekes out a miserable existence as a low-rent PI in London’s grimiest streets.
This is a really interesting holocaust story. I liked how it was about this guy Shomer who is trying to escape the harsh reality of living in a concentration camp by conjuring up this imaginary London and a down-on-his-luck detective. I really enjoyed the reveal where we find out who the detective – Wolf – really is. Looking back through the book there are rather big hints that someone smarter than me could have picked up on. But it was really interesting how the author (or Shomer) imagined how World War 2 could have been different if just a few things were changed.
However I did only give this book 3 stars. I found it was quite difficult to read about the holocaust, even though it was done very well. And honestly I was a bit surprised by the amount of sexual content in it.
*I received a copy of this book from Hodder & Stoughton in exchange for an honest review.