Back from a fairly long break and ready to review some books. This one was recently sent to me by Amazon and is now available on the website.
Decompression - 3 stars
Sven Fiedler, a young lawyer has fled the turmoil of a legal career in modern Germany for the simpler lifestyle of a deep-sea diving instructor tucked away on Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands. His girlfriend Antje lives with him to take of the business and catering end of the concern.
I wanted to like this story. The locale is beautiful in its own harsh way and the characters seemed comfortable yet interesting. However, when a beautiful actress and her writer boyfriend show up for exclusive and intensive diving instructions, Sven’s life suddenly becomes exceedingly complicated and the tone of the novel becomes ugly. The diving instructor is besotted by the beauty and sexuality of his young student, and it isn’t long before both Antje and the writer begin to be suspicious of their relationship.
While the novel is well written, there is a great deal of strong sexual language and some gratuitous sex scenes. Some of the scenes are written from the point of view of both Sven and the young actress and soon it becomes difficult to know which of the two characters is telling the truth. As the tension builds, it isn’t long before the reader becomes aware that something tragic will soon take place.
The plot is certainly gripping, but because of the language and the storyline I can only give it three stars. But that is my strictly personal opinion.
By Norbert Nagel (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0