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Heaviness pervades the story until Annalise runs into one of her father’s friends in the German party, Heinrich Friedman. Earlier in the story, on her 11th birthday, she had a crush on him. Now, on the eve of her 18th birthday it is a fortuitous meeting. Their relationship develops throwing the plot into an action packed thriller that doesn’t let up. Without giving away any more of the plot, suffice it to say it is an emotionally driven, well-written, engrossing read that leaves you thinking about it long after the last page is shut. This was a great read and I look forward to more from the very talented Ellie Midwood.
She doesn’t excuse her characters for lacking the spine they needed to when they needed to have it, but she does get you to empathize with them. And she paints character vignettes that sear their way into your mind precisely because these people seem so real, as opposed to just characters in books.
That said, our Jewish heroine does get a character arc and does get to move along it to where she can no longer turn a blind eye to all the evils transpiring in Germany. She decides she must come to the defense of the Jewish people and do something to ameliorate their plight at great danger to herself. Pairing her with an American undercover agent as one of the two rivals for her affection, the other one being a high-ranking, very dangerous SS officer is just part of a delicious setup and a poignant example of sharp plotting throughout.
I found myself anxious to get past the chapters of “the early years” with our heroine as a young child of nine, keen to get to the part where the sheer terror started of working undercover against the Nazis. But throughout the Act 1 chapters we’re getting a clear picture of the changing tide in Germany, which is a key part of the setup. Also, I didn’t have long to wait. By chapter 3 she’s now eighteen years of age and all hell is breaking out in Germany with the first of the mass deportations to the concentration camps. The peril had begun.
Recommended for fans of historical fiction, especially for those looking for a fresh take on things, especially when dealing with an era that we may all be all-too familiar with already.
First, the rule of Hitler was the worst period in history for the Jews who lived in Germany. I have read about it in history books, and seen many movies about that period and I wanted to read more about it. The other reason was that I visited Germany in recent times and have seen all the historic places where Hitler left his mark. Berlin is a lovely place now filled with friendly people, but the dark shadow of the Nazi regime still haunts that country in its museums and tourist attractions.
The story of Annalise Meissner, a brave and fearless young German Jew with falsified papers is frightening. She is blessed with a husband who shares her views. Together they risk their lives and own happiness to help the Jews, who were being persecuted needlessly by the Nazi regime.
The author tells the story in a way that draws you in and it is hard to put the book down. Some parts of this story, which are based on true historical events, brought tears to my eyes.
This is a book everyone should read, because history could repeat itself and we could be taken unawares if we are not vigilant.