Reviews

  • A wonderful rediscovery, like a perfectly preserved time capsule, but also a terrific novel by any standards - human, suspenseful, shot through with hard-earned wisdom

    Lee Child
  • Captivating, moving, unputdownable. . . One of the best Berlin novels, sitting alongside Hans Fallada's Alone in Berlin

    Jens Bisky, Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • An unbelievable rediscovery, much like Hans Fallada's Alone in Berlin. . . Very few books recreate in such a way the nightmarish and intense hell that was the end of the Second World War

    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • Magnificently vivid. . . Art has a habit of resurfacing, when it is worthwhile

    Budapest Times
  • An epic work of documentary fiction. . . Its driving narrative and emotional heft keep us rapt. . . compelling and moving

    Herald Scotland
  • Heinz Rein lived through the final fighting when Hitler, from his bunker, decreed that any German officer ordering a retreat was to be killed on the spot by his own men. Berlin Finale is of interest now chiefly as valuable testimony from one who was there. . . It has the kind of doom-laden splendour of one of John Martin's apocalyptic visions

    New Statesman
  • Spellbinding . . . vividly conveys the devastation wrought on Berlin by Allied bombing raids and the terrible, almost sub-human existence endured by its surviving citizens

    Richard Hopton