I have read a lot of Holocaust literature and other WWII material. I had read excellent reviews before my book club chose this for next month, so I was ready to read it. I was not at all disappointed and have recommended this book to many others. It was excellent especially for a new author. I knew how it ended, but still the unexpected and the how did it happen kept me turning pages! The characters seemed very real and the events obviously real. I really liked how many stories within the over all story of survival there were, each one different but with a common thread of love, bravery, quick thinking, and some luck.