A lot happened in: 1989 by Val McDermid

#1989 #NetGalley

1989 is the second in this new series by Val McDermid, following on last year’s 1979. Protagonist Allie Burns works for a newspaper and the term “intrepid” most aptly describes her as a reporter.

Allie has moved ahead in some ways since the conclusion of 1979, much as one would over a ten year period. No spoilers though so that readers who love Allie can catch up with her on their own.

This novel reflects some of the tragedy and chaos of the period. As the book opens the Lockerbie bombing has just happened, AIDS is raging and the Berlin Wall still stands. The homophobia and blame that victims of AIDS faced is heartbreakingly described.

One plot line follows Allie as she pursues a story about an AIDS drug trial. This takes her into East Berlin and gives readers a chilling feel for what it was like to live there.

There are many characters here from mogul Ace whom someone wants to kill, his daughter Genevieve, scientists, the Stasi, Allie and her partner and many more. Readers will like some of these characters more than others.

I liked this book quite a bit but I would still say that this author’s Karen Pirie books are my favorite. That said, I love that McDermid is a writer who tries new things and her depiction of the period feels most accurate. I also enjoyed spending time with Allie. I look forward to what comes next in 1999.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Grove Atlantic for this title. All opinions are my own.

Pub date: 11 October 22

Author: joycesmysteryandfictionbookreviews

I love to read, recommend books and open the world of reading to others. I tutor to ensure that the next generation of readers will know the joys of a good book because their reading skills have improved. I am an avid reader, especially of mysteries and fiction. I believe that two of the world's greatest inventions were the public library and eyeglasses!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: