Nobeca by Lloyd Nesling is an interesting read. It is described as a thriller because of the twists and turns in the narrative. The book takes one deep into the workings of the secret service and the Russian KGB.
The story is set in St. Petersburg, Russia and the plot takes you to the United States of America. It begins with 19-year-old Pasha who murders a woman brought home by his abusive father- Feliks. His father helps him to cover up the murder and they are never caught. This book for starters was had a lot of violent scenes. In the beginning, I really sympathized with Pasha but as the narrative progressed I begun to dislike him and eventually I could not stand him.
The narrative in this book did not work for me. I think it’s the many characters and their development into the narrative. It was difficult for me to catch up with them. At some point in the book, Pasha changed his name and this confused me because of the many characters that he interacted with and killed off. At some point in the book, we are introduced to other secret service agents who become the lead characters in the book pursuing cybercrime.
I have always been curious about the secret service and the Russian KGB, despite the shortcomings in the narrative of the story, the book gives a reader insight as to how these organizations work. It may be fiction but come out believable.
The theme of murder is dominant in this book. The motivations to kill other human beings and respect for human life was shocking to me. I have not witnessed a violent murder but it was vividly described here. I kind of got the feeling that the protagonists had some mental issues or it could also be that being brought up in a violent home could have contributed to the lack of emotion when he committed the crimes.