Having read a few of Jacobson’s thrillers in the past I knew vaguely what to expect. Jacobson is a solid writer. His thrillers tend toward being quite entertaining and relatively gripping. The ones I have read are enjoyable but nothing that stays with you for any length of time. In short, they have struck me as forgettable.
However, Inmate 1577 was a magnificently crafted and beautifully executed piece of writing. In this one text, Jacobson has managed to show his ability as both a thriller writer and a writer of good literature. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself absolutely gripped by the flow of events and by the structure of this novel which flicked so seamlessly between the 1940s and the present day. The connections between the past and the present were brilliantly constructed and I thoroughly enjoyed the manner in which Jacobson developed his narrative.
I won’t share any of the plot for fear of giving away some crucial pieces of information. I will simply share that this book defied my expectations and is a must read for anyone who enjoys a good thriller and a piece of well researched historical fiction.
Ten out of ten for Jacobson!!