The Susan Effect

The Susan Effect

Book - 2017
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'The Danish author is back on form in this literary thriller'
Selected as a Book of the Year in 2017 in the Mail on Sunday

SUSAN SVENDSEN HAS AN UNUSUAL TALENT. She is an expert in finding out secrets. People feel oddly compelled to confide in her and unwittingly confess their innermost thoughts. Her whole life, she has exploited this talent, but now her family is in jeopardy and there is a prison sentence hanging over her head.

Then Susan gets a timely offer from a former government official: use her power one more time and have all charges dropped. To get her life back in order, she must track down the last surviving members of a secret think tank, the Future Committee, and find out the details in this committee's mysterious final report. But there are some powerful people determined that the report is never revealed.

Publisher: London :, Harvill Secker,, 2017
ISBN: 9781910701294
1910701297
Branch Call Number: FIC Hoeg
Characteristics: 345 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Aitken, Martin

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Nov 03, 2017

For purposes of disclosure, this reader is not privy to the current Danish societal zeitgeist. What merits front and center attention in the mind's eye over there constitutes a personal unknown, except for the case of digital financial transactions constituting virtually the totality of banking. Confidence is so absolute that debit/credit cards will never be rejected, ATMs will flawlessly be at your service, a smartphone is interchangeable with a wallet, and one's digital financial dealings are never under police surveillance or hackable by miscreants, that chances of encountering a Dane with cash in their pocket is virtually nil. Anonymity no longer equates with liberty. Ah, trustworthiness, which segues to The Susan Effect. Bearing in mind that this is a translation, as they say, sometimes the subtleties get lost in translation. The first third of the novel comes across as techno hipster, jargon-laced fluff, dusted with references to scientific principles in a fashion akin to name dropping at a cocktail party. The middle of the tome channels a train of thought reportage of gumshoeing in an Alice-in-Wonderland Denmark. The final portion of the book serves up a rehashed apocalypse now scenario wherein only the great and the good will be saved, being funnelled to uninhabited islands around the globe to engineer a restart of the human race on a more enlightened course. Peter Hoeg would be miles ahead republishing The Susan Effect as a graphic novel.

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