Saturday, 24 October 2015

Review: Prisoner of night and fog by Anne Blankman

Title/author: Prisoner of night and fog by Anne Blankman
Originally published/ year published: April 2014 by Headline
Genre: Historical, fantasy
How I got this book: bought
Why I read this book: I read this because I just love the era of the 2nd world war and this sounded as a great book :) 
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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 until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter, Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi matyr, 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 the 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? 

The blur actually says a lot about the book. So I don't need to tell a lot anymore haha. as you can read Gretchen is devided into 2 different worlds, her own at the Nazi party or the life with Daniel. It's very hard to choose. Will she ever be able to leave the party and share her life with Daniel? Or will she choose for uncle Adolf Hitler who 'loves' and 'cherishes' her forever? It's hard.. 
In the end she will choose what she believes in. 

I have to say that the events in the book are partly written on real facts about hitler and are partly fiction as well. It's amazing how the author made a mix of the two in order to make it a very moving story. 
When reading the book I was really torn into the book. I felt the characters feelings and could imagine very well how the life before the 2nd world war was.
The city the story finds itself in is Munich, also the big city where in history Hitler made his party into what it became. 

In the story Hitler is very wealthy, but Grethen (his niece) , her brother and her mother aren't. Gretchen's father died and hadn't left anything for them. 
As a good uncle I would have expected Hitler would have helped them out. But in the story soon already doesn't care much about his niece anymore. In my opinion it was a little to soon. 

Overall, I loved the story! I just adored the characters and the city! I'm definitely going to buy book 2 in the trilogy to see how gretchen's life will be :) 

I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars! 

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