GUEST POST: Prisoner of Night & Fog by Anne Blankman

Posted February 18, 2016 by Ely in Entries From The Secret Annex, Events / 2 Comments

Prisoner of Night & Fog Book Cover Prisoner of Night & Fog
Prisoner of Night & Fog #1
Anne Blankman
YA Historical
Balzer & Bray
April 22nd 2014

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.


Today is our second guest post of Entries From The Secret Annex. Yesterday, Val shared Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog‘s WWII TBR. I’m lucky enough to be sharing a review of Prisoner of Night & Fog by Anne Blankman from Emily @ Follow The Yellow Book Road. Remember to comment on this post, follow Emily via Twitter and Bloglovin for more entries into the event’s giveaway hosted by Val. I hope you all enjoy Emily’s post!

I was immediately drawn into this book because it is different from other WWII Holocaust books. First, it is set in 1930s while Hitler is in the process of rising to power. Second, the main character, Gretchen, is a German girl who is part of Hitler’s inner circle and follows his beliefs. During the first parts of the book I was struck by this unique perspective because it really helps the reader understand the mindset of the Germans who followed Hitler and the NAZIs.

While the start of the book was slow, it was interesting. I liked Gretchen from the get-go. She is young and at first seems to be a follower, but she grows throughout the book in a realistic way. In terms of characters, she was the most developed one. I was confused by Gretchen’s brother, Reinhard, it felt like his personality was written in because the book needed another element to keep it interesting. I don’t think he served much of a purpose, except maybe to show the type of people who were in the SA (the assault division of the NAZIs). I also felt like the dynamic between Reinhard and Gretchen showed what it was like to be a young woman in the 1930s. I like Daniel, but really didn’t feel like I got to know him well enough.

The plot moved at an inconsistent pace. At first, I was very intrigued by Gretchen’s investigation, but at some point I got bored with it. Eventually, I felt lost, like I wasn’t sure about the point of the book – was it to show the rise of Hitler, the murder mystery, or the story of Gretchen and Daniel’s friendship?

All that being said, the book was interesting while I was reading it. But there was nothing that stood out to me as amazing. In fact, I’m incredibly grateful that I took notes while reading, because it was challenging to really drum up a review.

There is a really interesting note from the author at the end of the book that goes into detail about the fictional characters and the people who were actually real.


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2 responses to “GUEST POST: Prisoner of Night & Fog by Anne Blankman

  1. I have heard some good things about The Prisoner of Night & Fog! I think I would only want to read this because I would love to see what it’s like to be in the POV of someone close to Hitler, and maybe share his same ideologies? I’m glad you enjoyed it even though the pacing was slightly inconsistent Emily! Are you going to be reading the sequel?

    • I really loved that perspective, I felt like it provided the reader with an understanding of how Hitler’s inner circle worked. There were also some really well written moments that showed what it was like to be a young woman during that time – it made me appreciate the feminist movement.

      I probably won’t continue the series, the plot sort of lost focus for me.

      Thanks Val and Ely for hosting!

      Emily @ Follow the Yellow Book Road