Welcome to the Working for the Mandroid stop on Anne Blankman's blog tour for Prisoner of Night & Fog, her debut historical fiction novel set in Germany as the country heads towards World War II. The tour is being hosted by the lovely ladies at The Unofficial Addiction Book Fanclub and runs through April 20. You can follow the entire tour over at their site here. Below you'll find my review as well as a contest hosted by Anne to win a hard copy of Prisoner of Night & Fog.
Prisoner of Night & Fog
Balzer + Bray
I received an e-ARC of this book in return for an honest review.
Releases April 22, 2014
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.
Hello, historical fiction, my old friend. I’ve been avoiding you for eons now while I played in spaceships, used steam-powered gadgets, went on epic journeys and trudged through vast wastelands. You’ve been hanging out, acting coy, waiting for me to come back to realty – or at least a fictionalized version of a past reality. I kept putting you off, but you were patient, bidding your time until just the right book came along to hook me back in.
I used to devour historical fiction as a kid, but abandoned it for the most part when I discovered science fiction. I am so glad that A Prisoner of Night & Fog was my choice of novel to return to genre. It has all the things I love the most and wraps it into a murder mystery with plenty of heart-pounding sequences with deadly consequences, a star-crossed lover romance and left that lingering sense of wonder which characters were real people and which were figments of the author’s imaginations.
I’m not a big history fan, mostly because in school you jump from one war to the next, memorizing dates and important causalities and political ramifications and a bunch of things that I don’t care about. I wanted to learn about the lives of the people left behind, how everyone not on the battlefield was effected by a changing world and of all the wars taught in schools, there was really only one where the history books touched on the home front. That’s why I’ve always been fascinated by World War II and Blankman’s novel just pulled me right back in to my obsession with the details of events that would eventually lead up to it.