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In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her “uncle” Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.
Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.
And Gretchen follows his every command.
Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can’t help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe about Jews.
As Gretchen investigates the very people she’s always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?
From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she’s ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.
This book popped through my letter box a few days ago, and I just had to read it straight away. I think the cover is beautiful and the synopsis pulled me in. I devoured Prisoner of Night And Fog, I tried to read it slowly, but I was too gripped.
Prisoner of Night and Fog is Anne Blankman’s debut novel. I couldn’t believe it when I read that. It was such a well written book that I thought the author had been publishing books for years. In Prisoner of Night and Fog there’s a slice of a few genres. Not something that always works, but Anne skilfully made it work. There’s historical fiction, a murder mystery, romance and some intriguing psychoanalysis.
Our main character Gretchen is such a well developed character. She feels incredibly real. The writing makes you feel like you’re living every moment through Gretchen’s eyes. It was heart-breaking to see how Gretchen had her eyes opened to what her Uncle Dolf (Hitler) was really like. She truly believed that he and her dad were wonderful men who had the right opinions and views. However, her views were challenged and it was emotional to see her accept her prejudices. Gretchen grew enough as a person to think for herself.
I thought it was going to be a case of insta-love when she met Daniel, the Jewish reporter. Their romance developed slowly though, in a very believable way. Gretchen’s interactions with Daniel really opened her eyes and made her realise that she had to look beyond the labels that had been brainwashed into her throughout her life.
I’m a massive fan of historical fiction, especially when it’s done as beautifully as this. I thought the story came together so well. The writing was incredibly evocative. I can’t wait to read the follow up to this book.
Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!