This book has been recommended to me many times as well as it has been recommended a lot on booktube. So when I was in the library I decided to pick it up. I enjoyed this book. So without further ado here are my thoughts!
But first, here is the goodreads blurb:
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.
This is a very character-driven story that is mainly focused around Gretchen, the main character. She is a very strong heroine, but not in the ‘kick-ass and sassy’ kinda way. She is strong even though her world is crumbling down and she discovers everything she believed in were lies. She went through a lot of character development and I really appreciated her.
Then there is Daniel, a jewish reporter for the münchener post. In the beginning he is abused by Gretchen’s brother and Gretchen saves him. Later on he contacts her, because he believes Gretchen’s father was murdered and he thinks Gretchen might listen. Gretchen should despise him, but instead she treats him as a normal person. Soon they fall in love. I really liked Daniel, he was loving and caring and he stood for what he believed in. He treated people in the right way.
Then there is Hitler of course. Throughout the story Gretchen realises who he really is. In the beginning Hitler is really nice to her, but when she needs him, he turns his back on her. That’s when she starts to realise.
Gretchen’s brother Reinhard also plays a big roll in the story. I really hated him. He was cruel and has no heart. Later in the book it is explained why, but you’ll have to read the book to find out.
Gretchen and Eva have been best friends from when they were little. In the book however their friendship has a lot to endure. I didn’t really like Eva for several reasons, but I do like her name 😉
This is a photo of Eva Braun. Both her and Hitler were both real people. At the end of the book the author explains what things in the book were fiction and what wasn’t. She also explains which characters were real people and what happened to them. I really appreciated this.
As I already mentioned, this book is very character-driven. The plot is not as important in this story. There does happen quite a lot and I was entertained. The book started of a bit slow, but after the first 50 pages or so, it really got interesting.
The ending was very entertaining. The last 70 pages were very fast-paced and I’m excited to pick up the next book in this series. It’s a duology I think, but I’m not sure. The next book is called Conspiracy of blood and smoke .
Overall I really enjoyed this book, but not as much as every said a would. I really liked Gretchen and Daniel and the story intrigued me. I will pick up the next book. I also really appreciated all the information the author included at the end. I gave this book four out of five stars.
See you next time!