Thursday, May 14, 2015
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
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.
(Synopsis from Goodreads.)
Prisoner of Night and Fog has one of the most original premises I have ever heard of. It drew me in immediately. Historical fiction set in World War II from the point of view of Hitler's "niece". I knew I had to read it as soon as I could. I have never read any historical fiction about World War II that I enjoyed until this book. Now I try to read every World War II book I can find, fiction and nonfiction, because I loved Prisoner of Night and Fog so much.
Even though it was fiction, I didn't know a lot of detail about why Hitler did the things he did, so it was interesting to get an inside look at his psyche. He had a lot of mental illness going on, and was abused by his father, which I never knew.
The book itself was action packed. Every time I thought things couldn't get crazier, I was proved wrong. There were several times where I had to stop, take a breath, and go what the heck just happened?! This happened especially towards the end. I was so scared for the two main characters with what they were going through.
I loved this book. I devoured every word, and was left wanting more. In fact, I ended up picking up the sequel as soon as I was finished, and read all of it the next day. I hope to have a review up for that very soon. I recommend Prisoner of Night and Fog to anyone who loves historical fiction, and learning more about World War II. I also recommend it for fans of The Book Thief.
I give Prisoner of Night and Fog: 5/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.