Title: Prisoner of Night and Fog
Author: Anne Blankman
Genre: Historical Fiction
Published year: 2014
Reading timeline: 18 Feb – 24 Feb 2016
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, who claims that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story—she also can’t resist the attraction between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe.
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?
(I always try my best to give a spoiler-free review! So you can enjoy reading the book and my review with ease :))
If you’re not a huge fan of History, fear not. Yours truly chose Geography elective over History, but I still loved this book immensely.
The author really showed how an evil persona can not only harm strangers or enemies he attacks but also the people related to him around him, in this story, Gretchen.
Main character: Gretchen, aka Gretl, really tries to reach out to people for help-her people. The only person who actually held out his hand was a man- a Jew. It kind of juxtapose the position of Gretl a German and a Jew. Two people from two terribly different worlds falling for each other, like ripping the separation and fences that makes them different, down.
Opinion on this book in general: I think this books is very special. I’ve never read anything like it since this is my first time reading a Historical fiction and I did not regret it! I’m now in love with this genre and can’t wait to read Wolf by Wolf in the future.
Plot: I seriously wasn’t expecting any plot twist-I shouldn’t even expect anything since I’ve never read Historical Fiction books but woah! Those twist and turns got me good.
This is a very thought-evoking book and it will sure to keep you on the edge of your seats at most parts.
If you’re skeptical about starting on Historical Fiction novels or series, don’t wait any longer! Start out with this book since it’s a very mild twist in History and I’m sure a lot of you would know something about Hitler, no less. Go for it!
Awesome or nah:
4 half out of 5 stars
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Have a wonderful day!
Love, JiaMing ❤️