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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Bookseller is a work of fiction in the historical, cultural, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Nikolai Gordonovich. In this gripping drama with much to say about Russia and the Cold War, we experience a myriad of emotions from betrayal and grief to the joys of love and fond memories. The story follows John, a middle-aged man mourning the loss of his father from an early age. But when he discovers a connection from his father to a mysterious figure known as H from the time of the Cold War, so begins a quest to trace back through his father’s involvement in the Soviet Union and become closer to the man he never truly knew.
Author Nikolai Gordonovich has crafted a totally gripping family drama with plenty of fascinating emotional and historical content, and I for one was hooked by this enthralling tale from cover to cover. The key point of triumph for me in terms of the author’s storytelling ability is in the pace and plotting, as Gordonovich brings past and present to the fore, hand-in-hand, with each moment relating back to the central theme of mourning and loss. The historical research that the book is based on is also evident and accomplished, but the facts of history are set aside to always make the characters and their emotional storyline the central focus of the piece, and I appreciated that connection to family and emotion a lot. Overall, I would certainly recommend The Bookseller to fans of historical fiction and contemporary family drama alike.