Thursday, October 16, 2014

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Genre:  YA Historical Fiction
Prisoner of Night and Fog Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Anne Blankman's website):
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?

Gretchen has lived under Uncle Dolf's wing ever since she was a little girl.  Her father became a martyr when he protected Adolf Hitler during a putsch.  Gretchen's the perfect Nazi girl living the ideal lifestyle.  That is until she is forced to quit her schooling and must work for the National Socialist Party.  But as she gets close to the inner workings, a strange boy makes her question the  very foundation she grew up on.

Daniel has always wanted to deliver the truth to the public.  And he sees Hitler for what he really is.  But when he gets a whiff of a story where the beloved martyr didn't die for his fellow friend and was instead murdered, he will stop at nothing to investigate it.  And all it takes is a very curious girl who has a huge investment on the outcome of this story to pave the way to truth.

Honestly, I loved how well this fictional story ties into the factual life of Hitler and his close companions.  I spent a lot of time googling names and placing people in my timeline of events.  And this is definitely a different book where it follows the life of a very despised yet renowned figure from our past.  My only problem was I felt the pacing was slow, and it took a while before my interest ramped up.

This is definitely a series to look for if you're interested in pre-World War II Germany.  It gives a different perspective while giving some entertainment.

1 comment:

  1. great review! I have had my eyes on it. I like that even though the pacing was slow, you still liked the book and the facts and how well they relate to the real facts.

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...