Saturday, 2 January 2016
Prisoner of Night and Fog - 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." - Goodreads
If Nazi Germany is something you're interested. You will love this, whether or not you're sceptical about the plot. I can't say the plot of the story is anything special, it's not and I would have preferred for it to have taken a different turn, but regardless of that, this is still an amazing book that's worth the read! Although I did have some issues with the book, more on that later, I enjoyed reading it.
The point I would like to start off with first is a semi-negative one. Throughout the majority of this book, not a lot happens. It was a little slow for me, and I felt myself getting a little bored and skipping some paragraphs. However, I can see that this section of the book was necessary, we had to see Gretchen's relationship with Hitler, we had to hear her praising him and going to lunch with him etc. It was so necessary to read about all of this, this was the story. If we didn't know her relationship with Hitler, she would have been just another girl who had her head screwed on during that awful time.
I loved that she had a mission. I didn't want this to just be about her falling in love with a Jew and having to hide and being in danger because of that. I didn't want this to be a love-story. This book is set in one of the most (in my opinion) interesting times in history. I've studied World War 2 and Nazi Germany for years and years and it's something that is incredibly fascinating to me, to watch how a whole nation could let those horrendous events happen.
I cannot tell you how much I loved the way Blankman wrote the romance. It was so subtle, it wasn't overpowering, it didn't take over, it wasn't really at the center of the storyline. It just grew naturally, and progressed with the book and I loved that. More authors should take note. It was perfectly done. I loved Gretchen and Daniel's relationship, I loved how he looked after her but still wanted her to go along on missions.
Whilst reading the book, my emotions were all over the place. Sometimes I was happy, sometimes I was sad and sometimes I was just bloody disgusted. When a book can do that to you, it's a darn good book, let me tell you that!
I really really enjoyed reading this, aside from a little slowness at the beginning, the end really really made up for it! I'm semi-interested to see what happens next, but I'm quite content on just believing that they went to England and lived happily ever after. I know that's not the case because I read the synopsis for Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke and that's made me a little unsure. I want to know what happens, but then again, I'm not sure if the route that was taken for the second book was something that I'd be interested in. I'm not that invested in the characters...
I rated this 4* on Goodreads.
Let me know what you thought of this if you've read it! If not, did I make you want to read it? And if you've read Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, did you like it, would you recommend it?