When the Doves Disappeared is a complex, suspenseful story about life under occupation in Estonia, from the WWII era to the 1960s. It has a main character based on a real person who is a fascinating study in chameleonic machination.
Here are some of the reviews:
“A piercing look at characters striving to retain their humanity amid fear, violence, and secrecy.” – The New Yorker
“This is powerful fiction that stirs history, war crimes, and psychology into a compelling mix.” – Booklist
“Oksanen depicts civilian life in wartime and under communist oppression in rich historical detail, skillfully manipulating chronology and threading clues subtly throughout the narrative as suspense builds. Highly recommended.” – Library Journal (*starred review)
“A brave and important voice from the ex-communist world… Betrayal, secrecy and memory are the haunting themes of Sofi Oksanen’s accomplished new novel.” – The Economist
I also recommend it.
U.S. cover by Kelly Blair. Canadian and UK cover by Richard Evans.