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by Carla Banks

ISBN: 0007193807
ISBN13: 978-0007193806
Language: English
Publisher: HarperCollins (February 28, 2005)
Pages: 400
Subategory: Thriller

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Rating: 4.7
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A gripping psychological thriller, taking the reader from 21st century Britain to the darkest days of war-torn Eastern Europe. Her obsession with history has cost Helen Kovacs her life.

A gripping psychological thriller, taking the reader from 21st century Britain to the darkest days of war-torn Eastern Europe. Now Faith, retracing Helen’s last steps, is convinced that the man the police have arrested is not the killer. Journalist Jake Denbigh’s investigations have led him to the same conclusion. Faith is disturbed by Denbigh’s digging

Carla Banks grew up in a scholarly family "The Forest of Souls" is like one of those slices of turquoise that has striations running through it, stripes of some other substance that is very much not turquoise.

Carla Banks grew up in a scholarly family. Her father, an Eastern European cavalry officer, came to the UK as a wartime refugee where he met and married her half-Irish mother. The Forest of Souls" is like one of those slices of turquoise that has striations running through it, stripes of some other substance that is very much not turquoise. In this cross-section of mined earth, brought like a landed fish to the surface and polished as a pendant, you see a stripe of brilliant sky blue, bisected by something dirt brown, bisected by brilliant blue again, as if it had never been interrupted.

BUT Carla Banks really makes something of the theme - successfully combining the horror of life in 1940's Belarus with a mystery Agatha Christie would have been proud of. Highly recommended - unless you want an entirely happy ending or aren't interested in the history of a previously little known (to me)part of Eastern Europe. Find similar books Profile.

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The Forest of Souls - Carla Banks. The writing went on and on, and then suddenly ended. The last pages of the book were blank. Nick came into view, pulling a small table. Instinctively, she snapped the book shut. It’s a bit scruffy,’ he said, wiping the top with his sleeve and inspecting it. ‘Here.

The Forest of Souls Carla Banks The Forest of Souls. For Volodia Shcherbatsevich, Masha Bruskina and Kiril Trous, murdered by the Nazis in Minsk, 26 October 1941.

The Forest of Souls Carla Banks. A gripping psychological thriller, taking the reader from 21st century Britain to the darkest days of war-torn Eastern Europe.

This psychological thriller takes the reader from 21st century Britain to the darkest days of war-torn Eastern Europe. This psychological thriller takes the reader from 21st century Britain to the darkest days of war-torn Eastern Europe.

Carla Banks grew up in a scholarly family

Carla Banks grew up in a scholarly family. She lives in the north of England and now writes full time.

A gripping psychological thriller, taking the reader from 21st century Britain to the darkest days of war-torn Eastern Europe A passion for history had already cost Helen Kovacs her marriage. Now she's paid with her life. Helen had told no one of her research into the Nazi occupation of Eastern Europe. Even her closest friend and colleague, Faith Lange, had no idea - until she began retracing the dead woman's steps. Though the police have a suspect in custody, Faith is convinced that the murderer is still at large. And she is troubled, too, by the presence of Jake Denbigh, a journalist who appears to be investigating her grandfather, Marek, a refugee from the Eastern front. Everything hinges on the memories of a 75-year-old whose will to survive preserved her through the horrors of minsk and the concentration camps, and enabled her to make a new life in England with her son. Helen's murder and its consequences will take Jake and faith on terrifying journeys: to Byelorussia where the mass graves of the kurapaty Forest have their own dreadful tale to tell; and into the heart of Faith's own family where a tragic secret lies hidden.
Comments:
Eyalanev
"The Forest of Souls" is like one of those slices of turquoise that has striations running through it, stripes of some other substance that is very much not turquoise. In this cross-section of mined earth, brought like a landed fish to the surface and polished as a pendant, you see a stripe of brilliant sky blue, bisected by something dirt brown, bisected by brilliant blue again, as if it had never been interrupted. The two substances intermingle, but they never blend. In this sense, "The Forest of Souls" mirrors the very topics it addresses.

"The Forest of Souls" could be a beach book, one you read just as a page-turner, just for fun. But it could also be a book that causes you to cry, to ponder, to never forget, and to complicate just what atrocity, and which victims, you are remembering. Similarly, this multilayered structure mirrors the presence of the past in the present, the presence of immigrant cultures in mainstream cultures, and the presence of private secrets in public personas. It mirrors the persistence of marginalized histories that canonical narratives work to silence for expediency's sake.

"The Forest of Souls" takes place in modern-day England. People drive around in cars and call the police when there is trouble and are polite to each other. But every character in this comfortable, cool, crisp, civil landscape is haunted, in one way or another, by a very different world, a world of forests and swamps, of fairy tale witches and wolves who devour children, a world where even log houses constructed deep in sun-dappled, birch and pine forests are never far enough away from the outside world to be safe. This haunted and haunting Eastern Europe - Poland, Belarus, and Lithuania - is a land of unspeakable atrocity and deeply evil, treacherous human specimens. Or maybe not. Maybe it is a land of heartbreaking and selfless self-sacrifice and a heroism that is never told, never honored, the kind of utterly tragic heroism that dies, silent, unrecorded, with its martyred hero. One is not sure, in "The Forest of Souls," until the very last page.

"The Forest of Souls," is, thus, a meditation on guilt and innocence, and an instructional manual on how twisted those apparently diametrically opposed substances became in Nazi- and Soviet-era Eastern Europe.

On the other hand, "The Forest of Souls" is a straightforward murder mystery. An apparently innocuous university researcher, in a library, no less, is garroted. Whodunit? The book drops clues and proceeds methodically toward a satisfying and genuinely surprisingly revelation. The search entails a glamorous Russian émigré, a macho journalist, and a creepily realistically disgruntled ex-husband. It's an interesting crew, and there is a low-key romance.

The murder mystery here intrigued me. I did what one does when reading a murder mystery: the add and subtract calculations that cause one to pick a favorite candidate as the murderer.

The historical references educated and saddened me. "The Forest of Souls" references some lesser known horrors of the World-War-II era - not the more famous Auschwitz but the lesser known Maly Trostenets extermination camp, and the uncounted thousands, forgotten by the wider world, murdered by Soviets in the Kurapaty Forest.

One very worthy feature of "The Forest of Souls" is that one can read it as one likes. If you really just want a beach book, a murder mystery, you can choose not to linger on the passages that touch on atrocity. But if you want to ponder these passages and everything they imply, you have a book to chew on for a long time. Danuta Reah, writing here under the pseudonym Carla Banks, keeps her cards close to her chest. She does not harangue or push an agenda. It's clear, though, that she cares about the millions killed in places most people haven't even heard about, and the diabolically complex patchwork of competing ideologies and atrocities that dropped like a curse on the peasants and working people of Eastern Europe in the twentieth century.

Garne
In the woods around Minsk children wander towards the house of a witch, Baba Yaga, whose house stands on chicken legs behind a fence hung with the heads of people she's killed. Mass graves in the Kurapaty Forest and long-dead fingers stretch out towards the present to Faith Lange and her grandfather, Marek, whose memories of the second world war still haunt him.

Story telling in the age-old format weaving shadows with threads coloured scarlet and black, murder and secrets.

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