Media Center: ‘You’ by Zoran Drvenkar
WHO: Zoran Drvenkar
WHAT: YOU, a novel
WHEN: Published by Knopf August 19, 2014
WHERE: The author lives just outside of Berlin.
WHY: “A gripping page-turner
…a dark thriller with an extremely high body count.
“The relatively innocent lives of a group of teenage German girls will take a pronounced turn for the worse when one of their number needs help. Taja Desche, overdosing on a near-lethal cocktail of drugs after killing her father, Oskar, is somehow able to text friends Nessi, Ruth, Schnappi, and Stink for help. After Stink offers to sell five kilos of what turns out to be pure heroin found at the house of Oskar’s nephew Darian, son of Ragnar Desche, a ruthless Berlin crime boss (whose goods these are in the first place), all hell breaks loose.
“Ragnar, Darian, and Ragnar’s henchmen pursue the girls from Berlin to Hamburg and finally to the shuttered family hotel in Norway for a climactic confrontation.”
—Lawrence Rungren, LIBRARY JOURNAL
From the beginning of the book: This isn’t the end, and a beginning looks different. This is the moment in between, when everything still looks possible. Retreat or attack. We’re in the present. It’s eight o’clock in the morning. The spotlights are turned on you, because this Friday morning you’re making a decision that will change all your lives, as you are standing at the edge of the pool unable to believe your eyes. The light gleams blue and cold up at you. What you are seeing is a soundless nightmare. Not one of you dares to break the silence. You wish you were far, far away.
Translated from the German by Shaun Whiteside.
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