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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