Tuesday, July 6, 2010

In Free Fall by Juli Zeh Review and Giveaway

In Free Fall: A NovelSynopsis:  Against the backdrop of Germany and Switzerland, two physicists begin a dangerous dance of distrust. Friends since their university days, when they were aspiring Nobel Prize candidates, they now interact in an atmosphere of tension, stoked by Oskar’s belief that Sebastian fell into mediocrity by having a family. When Sebastian’s son, Liam, is apparently kidnapped, their fragile friendship is further tested. Entrusted with uncovering the truth, Detective Superintendent Schilf discerns a web of blackmail, while at the same time the reality of his personal life falls into doubt. Unfolding in a series of razor-sharp scenes, In Free Fall is a riveting novel of ideas from a major new literary voice. With the recent success of works in translation, such as Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire, Zeh is poised to take off.


My take: The story uses a lot of the same premises as "String Theory."  Physics is not really my strong suit so this was not an easy read.  In retrospect however, the physics aspect is not crucial to understanding the story.  The characters are interesting and unique.  The story takes bizarre twists and turns.  It is not predictable and includes a lot of self-conversation.  The book was originally written in German and translated.  It has been lauded by reviewers.  People have loved it.  I didn't love it but I seem to be in the minority. 

It is a fast-paced, cerebral crime drama somewhat reminiscent of Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment" except with new characters that keep the story moving and a surprise middle, mid-end, and ending.  

If you want a crack at it, let me know in a comment.  If you're a follower, let me know in another comment.  Open to U.S. residents only.  Must have physical address.  Contest ends July 19th.

Thanks to Judy from Doubleday for sponsoring this giveaway and providing a copy for review.

24 comments:

Cindy W. said...

I love crime dramas and would love to give this one a try. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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Jenny Bolech said...

Sounds like another good one! Thanks for the chance to win!

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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I would love to read In Free Fall :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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skkorman said...

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Joan said...

It sounds good to me...rally good.

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etirv said...

Perfect for my physics and mystery loving DH!

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debbie said...

I love mysteries, and this sounds very intelligent. I would love to read it.
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CountessLaurie said...

Well, if I win, I promise to try
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karenk said...

i'm interested in reading this novel...thanks for the chance :)

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Benita said...

Sounds really interesting. I adore mysteries.

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twifanheather said...

Sounds like a book that I may enjoy!
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esther said...

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