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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.
So Prisoner of Night and Fog is a wonderfully heart-wrenching historical read. And it’s definitely more than just a star crossed lovers romance despite what the synopsis suggests. Instead, Blankman really gives us an interesting coming of age story set in a time of great changes.
This book is truly for the history buff. The book is set and is filled with real characters and events with the exception of our main characters and plot. The plan plot revolves around Gretchen and Daniel as they try to discover the secrets around the death of her father. Blankman flawlessly weaves in this story around the real events of Hilter’s push for power. The mystery around the death is intriguing and sets off a lot of interesting events and ideas.
Gretchen is an intriguing character that I could easily could easily connect and sympathize with. Her own perception of the world and those around her are changing and I could feel her struggle to do what’s right and what’s expected. I really liked Daniel, too. He’s definitely your hero type with a strong integrity and a strive for the truth. He’s so clever and knows show to be charming , too.
The romance between Gretchen and Daniel is really well done. You can really feel and see the change and development throughout the book and it never felt forced.
She looked up, into Daniel’s face, studying the sharp planes, committing each of its features to memory. Even with one eye swollen and partially closed, she saw him clearly today. Not a monster. But a boy, blood and muscle and bone, real and breathing before watching her with those sharp, intelligent eyes that saw so much.
We can’t read a historical fiction surrounding Hitler and not talk about Hilter. Blankman for the most part gives us parts of the Hitler that I think society tends to forget about. Yes, he is the “the evil bad guy”, but he’s also crazy charismatic. There’s a reason why so many people believed and followed him. I also liked that the book touched a bit on the the nature of psychology too.
At first, as she trudged through the pages, she felt as though she were reading a longer and less eloquent version of Machiavelli’s The Prince, one dull political diatribe after the next, but slowly she realized what Hitler was saying. Stripped of his voice’s magnetic power, the words assumed a darker shade than they would in one of his speeches.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The setting and plot is intriguing. I am curious as to how the rest of the series will play out because truth is we already do know how it will end. Definitely worth checking out, especially for fans of intriguing historical fiction and the history buffs.
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About Anne Blankman:
Anne Blankman may have been meant to be a writer because her parents named her for Anne of Green Gables. She grew up in an old house with gables (gray, unfortunately) in upstate New York. When she wasn’t writing or reading, she was rowing on the crew team, taking ballet lessons, fencing and swimming. She graduated from Union College with degrees in English and history, which comes in handy when she writes historical fiction.
After earning a master’s degree in information science, Anne began working as a youth services librarian. Currently, she lives in southeastern Virginia with her family. When she’s not writing young adult fiction, she’s playing with her daughter, training for races with her husband, working at her amazing library branch, learning to knit (badly), and reading.
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