Book review: Next of Kin by John Boyne

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History and mystery are in perfect harmony in John Boyne’s thriller set amidst the rancour of the abdication crisis in 1936.

Best known his award-winning novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, featuring two boys caught up in the Holocaust, Irish writer Boyne has found new inspiration in the tensions rippling around England’s ruling classes as King Edward VIII’s short reign drew to its abrupt end.

Next of Kin is a clever, multilayered crime novel which deftly weaves together three strands of compelling plotline into a terrific tale of conscience, corruption and compromise.

 

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