Mitch Silver does a fantastic job of blurring fiction and reality in his global espionage thriller, The Bookworm. Centered around Larissa Klimt, a Russian archival academic better know to her friends as Книжный червь, the bookworm. Little does Lara know that her tightly regimented and ordered life will be thrown into chaos by events that were initiated because of Hitler himself. When world events put her twin brother and herself in danger, Lara uses her keen intelligence to navigate a tangled web that spans years and implicates some of the world’s most powerful leaders. I really liked how Mitch seamlessly uses actual events and people in his recreation of a series of events that led to the fall of the Nazis as well as the speculative relationship between the current US and Russian governments.
This паутина , spider web, is very complex. Initially, there are so many actors and scenes that it can be confusing and difficult to follow along and remember all the characters. Even well into the story it was hard to keep some of the ancillary people and their connections straight. In addition to the main story is the relationship between Lara and her estranged husband. While there is some valid interactions between the two, for the most part it just seems like an awkward addition, one that distracts from the substance of the story, which really is quite good.
Overall, The Bookworm is an intriguing tale that constantly has the reader wondering where the line between fiction and fact lies. It will keep you engaged from cover to cover. If you are the type to enjoy a great “spy novel” you will find it especially hard to put down.
Tanya’s love for books has been a lifelong passion that she likes sharing with others. Reading is also the thing that relaxes her after a day of juggling the many responsibilities that come with being being wife to an amazing man, mother to four great kids spread around the world, business manager, and farm hand on their place in southwest Missouri; home to Akaushi cattle and a menagerie of pygmy goats, horses, chickens, dogs and cats.