The Exception is
believable and interesting from start to finish. This multidimensional,
taught thriller doesn’t woo the reader with suspense alone; it also
gives plenty of cause for thought, even shocking us at times—indeed,
as any good novel ought.
Danish author Christian Jungersen’s sizeable
Exception has been a notable international bestseller. One
reason for this lies in the way Jungersen is able to effortlessly
combine different modes of writing, combining the themes of so-called
serious literature with entertaining narrative, intertwining the
suspenseful elements of the thriller with psychological analysis.
Without damaging the overall effect of what is a novel to be reckoned
While many novels, especially light fiction, tend
to simply demonize evil, Jungersen’s novel does the opposite. The roots
of evil are sought in the historical situation, as well as in group and individual
egoism, the authoritarian models of blindly following the rules. Jungersen’s
novel relates all of this with startling directness and gravity, yet without
compromising the specific elements of the psychological thriller.
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