Berlin, 2013: We follow the story of Lucy, a girl who has been split into several pieces by systematic torture and psychological terror.
As fragments of Lucy’s memories are being presented like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, the reader is being taken from a seemingly ordinary, happy life into the hell of Lucy’s past and back again into the now apparently changed present of her “real” life.
The story revolves around the murder of Paul, Lucy’s first true love, and the question if and why Lucy has killed him.
This is the first novel of the Fatherland series in which Morgan Collins unflinchingly looks at the darkest side of Germany after WWII. The torture experiments which the Nazis have carried out on Jewish children in the camps (aka the MK Ultra project and others), have been continued well into the present time.
Lucy, as we can see by the fact that her father is a Stasi officer, is a victim of the government programmes to create assassins and spies by torturing children. As soon as she has enough memories processed to understand what has happened, she has to make a decision what do to with her hatred, her skills, and in fact the rest of her life. She is tempted to simply enlist for another secret service, this time working for “the other side.”