Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
April 22, 2014
Balzer + Bray
Hardcover, 401 pages.
What it’s about:
It has been eight years since Adolf Hitler’s failed Munich Putsch. It has been eight years since Gretchen Muller’s father was killed while protecting Hitler during his failed coup. Since than Gretchen has grown up under the protective wing of Uncle Dolf, as a valued young member of the National Socialist Party. Gretchen’s world is turned upside down when she catches wind of a rumor saying that her father was actually murdered by own of his own comrades. She desperately wants to dismiss this rumor, especially since the source is a young Jewish reporter. Everything she has been taught about the Jews demands that she be suspicious, but Daniel is persuasive and she reluctantly agrees to assist him in an investigation of the very people who are supposed to be her friends. As she and Daniel dig into Hitler’s past, the secret truths that they uncover not only horrify them, but them both in mortal danger.
Why you might like it:
Do you ever wonder how Hitler managed to convince so many people to blindly follow him? This well-researched book offers readers a glimpse into the mindset of members of the Nazi Party, and it is fascinating. Are you looking for a strong heroine who makes bold decisions? Gretchen, though seemingly naive, evolves into a brave and strong-willed heroine. Are you a sucker for forbidden love? Though not the center-stage of the story, the romance in the book is sweet and perfect. Are you fan of mystery, secrets, and heart-pounding danger? You’ll find all of that here. This beautifully written debut, which is the first in a planned trilogy, will satisfy history and mystery lovers alike!
Want more like this?
For more stunning historical fiction try In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. For books set in the early/mid 1930s try The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.