I greatly enjoyed “A Simple Soul” by Vadim Babenko. It’s a novel originally written in Russian and translated to English. This was unlike anything I have read before, as there was at first an extraordinary amount of inner dialogue by the main characters, without much interaction with other people. But I realized later that this was necessary to give the “back story” for each character. Several different stories seemed to be going on at once and in fact they were, but they all traced a convoluted path to the climax where the characters met one another and played a part in a terrifying mutual adventure. The ending takes an interesting twist but at the same time is a satisfying conclusion.
This is an intriguing plot line with believable and likeable characters with which it was easy to identify. At times the inner dialogue was actually similar to thoughts I have had myself, which was a bit alarming and held my interest at the same time. I hope to read more by Vadim Babenko and can definitely recommend “A Simple Soul” for those who like romantic thrillers from other cultures.
Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers in exchange for a free copy. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and the views expressed are my own.