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Over the past few years, I have been having a fantastic time traveling through Northern Europe by means of translated novels.  This is my first venture into Germany, for a good old fashioned crime novel.

I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis.  I love a dark crime story, especially one that goes back through time.  Of course, you have the prerequisite rookie detective and veteran curmudgeon detective; this usually brings a great level of tension and/or comic relief.

The plot was excellent and the cast of characters exceptionally well developed.  Throughout the story there was something that just wasn’t clicking with me.  I had a difficult time putting my finger on it.  In the end, I think it was the translation.  The vocabulary seemed to be a little base, not as varied and colorful as I am accustomed to finding in the books that I read.  It’s funny how the vocabulary can put a damper on the enjoyment and involvement in a story.

The saving grace of Time Heals No Wounds is the brilliant plot twist of Hendrik Falkenberg.  I.  Did.  Not.  See.  That.  Coming!  An unforeseen surprise ending always helps to bring a story up a couple of notches.

So, in the end, my trip to the dark crime scene of Germany was a good one. Time Heals No Wounds is a great story with a jaw-dropping ending.  Unfortunately, I think there was something lost in translation.

*4 Stars

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Time Heals No Wounds 

By Hendrik Falkenberg