How do I get rid of homesickness

Homesickness (eBook, ePUB)

[First of all: A review copy of the eBook was made available to me free of charge.]

I found the first quarter of the novel very difficult to read: the focus of the plot is largely on the adult Jesse, who appears here as the protagonist and who used to live in the home; At the same time, we experience flashbacks to this very home in the past and are told about a boy who grew up there, although his identity is not clarified from the start and one can initially only speculate whether this is Jesse or one of the other children in the home at that time, which is suspected by the Jesse of the present to be behind the murder of his ex-wife, who he had also met in that home, and the kidnapping of the daughter.
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[First of all: A review copy of the eBook was made available to me free of charge.]

I found the first quarter of the novel very difficult to read: the focus of the plot is largely on the adult Jesse, who appears here as the protagonist and who used to live in the home; At the same time, we experience flashbacks to this very home in the past and are told about a boy who grew up there, although his identity is not clarified from the start and one can initially only speculate whether this is Jesse or one of the other children in the home at that time, which is suspected by the Jesse of the present to be behind the murder of his ex-wife, who he had also met in that home, and the kidnapping of the daughter.
Sometimes the focus also shifts to Artur Messner, the former director of the home, who has just received a severed man's hand and, obviously by the sender, has been asked about Jesse's whereabouts.
All in all, at the beginning I found it very difficult to separate all these important characters and put them in the right connections to one another, especially since everyone seems to have secrets between yesterday and today, which ultimately only reveal themselves openly when the complete plot is resolved; "Homesickness" is pervaded by a certain complexity, but after I was introduced to the various characters and, above all, assigned them to one another in my head, I was able to slide through the rest of the story in terms of reading technology.

"Homesickness" turned out to be a very exciting thriller for me, the resolution of which certainly knew how to astonish me. I really liked the abstract representation and also the definitely not only one-dimensional figures: Nobody here is a real person of sympathy, as long as you disregard Jesse's little daughter. Jule, the friend of the ex-wife who was killed and who involuntarily got involved in the whole event, is depicted rather pale, rather reminded me of an anchor for the reader, since Jule was just as clueless and ignorant as you were when the past and Secrets only revealed little by little. So she was probably still the clearest figure to identify with.
But if you like to put yourself in the shoes of the leading main character (in this case Jesse), "Homesickness" is, in my opinion, rather a poorly chosen reading; Anyone who likes to look at thriller from a more neutral external position is much better off with this.

After I found myself in "Homesick", it was one of the books for me during the remaining three quarters that I do not want to put down because the resolution begins to irritate me so much that I really look forward to the end. So it was definitely worth it for me to stay on the ball and not to give up prematurely (although I admit that after the first chapters I actually thought about breaking off the reading, because for me the different ones Figures and time and scene changes were really very difficult to understand at the beginning).