I would have liked to have given this book a 4.5. It is historical fiction at its best. Using a shameful episode in the history of France during WW11, Tatiana de Rosnay, has successfully blended the past with the present, interlacing the stories of Sarah (the past) and that of Julia (the present). De Rosnay manages to do this without becoming implausible, sentimental or melodramatic.
The historical element is told from a child's point of view, which, in the retelling, results in a gripping, haunting and poignant novel.
I would recommend this novel to all fans of the genre.
Not your average war story and one of the best listens in a very long time. The author captures the good, bad and ugly of Berlin during the latter half of WW11. It celebrates humanity in all its contradictions. The characters are real and well rounded, the history faithfully re-created and the story compelling. I’ve got to say that the narrator, Suzanne Bertish did an amazing job. I would recommend this book to anyone who anyone who enjoys an exceptional story, told well.
An enjoyable read.
Lighthearted listen with humour, intrigue, murder and enough writer's skill to keep you listening. Great for a break between more serious subjects.
The story is fast paced, fun to listen to and much better than the publisher's summary would lead you to believe. I am already downloading my second David Rosenfelt novel.
Rich characterisation, rich language, light hearted but serious and altogether, a good story. Bryce Courtenay and Humphrey Bower have produced a wonderful piece of entertainment. It's been a long time since I enjoyed a book so much. Could not put this one down.
This is a "just like every other TV thriller". The most annoying thing was the heroine, who was supposed to be some kind of genius but consistently exhibited an IQ well below average.
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