Book Review : Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

April 24, 2014 Book review 6 ★★★★★

One of the best things about being a book blogger is sharing the love for books that you adored.  And Prisoner of Night and Fog is one of those books.  From first page to last page, I loved every word and even thought I read this in Feb 14, I’m already considering this a front runner for my favourite book of 2014.

Book Review : Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne BlankmanPrisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Series: Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1
Published by HarperCollins on 22 Apr 2014
Genres: Historical, Holocaust, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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A gripping historical thriller set in 1930s Munich, Prisoner of Night and Fog is the evocative story of an ordinary girl faced with an extraordinary choice in Hitler's Germany.  Gretchen Müller grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her uncle Dolf—who has kept her family cherished and protected from the darker side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's.

But Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.  When she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen who claims that her father was actually murdered by an unknown comrade, Gretchen doesn't know what to believe. She soon discovers that beyond her sheltered view lies a world full of shadowy secrets and disturbing violence.

As Gretchen's investigations lead her to question the motives and loyalties of her dearest friends and her closest family, she must determine her own allegiances—even if her choices could get her and Daniel killed.

First Line of Prisoner of Night and Fog:

“Gretchen Muller peered through the car’s rain-spotted windshield.“

My Thoughts on Prisoner of Night and Fog:

I feel like Anne Blankman rounded up lots of my favourite things, slipped them between the covers of this book and bound it all up in beautiful prose.  Historical fiction, a murder mystery, psychoanalysis and forbidden love all blended perfectly to make this a book to remember.

The main character Gretchen is such a real person that you are thrown back decades and are living every moment in a volatile pre-war Germany right there with her.  I loved how Gretchen slowly but realistically had her eyes opened as to what her friendly Uncle Dolf (aka Hitler) really was.  She has been brainwashed all her life and her prejudices seem so believable but watching her grow and develop the ability to think for herself was so rewarding.

When she met Jewish reporter Daniel, I got afraid for a moment that their romance would happen too quickly or it would get too melodramatic.  However the timing is perfect, day by day, Gretchen opens up a little bit more and starts to look beyond labels and beliefs that had been ingrained deeply into her.  Their romance was so gentle but heartfelt and I loved every moment of them together.

Historical fiction is a genre I love and this is an example of a book that brings the past to life in an exciting, horrifying but meaningful way.  Mixing up actual events and people with a fictional family just works so well.  I even went researching during the book to see who was real and who wasn’t as my imagination was so captured by this book.  It is however all clearly explained at the end of the book but I was too fired up to wait that long!

Overall from the setting to the characters to the plot, this one was a winner for me.  The evocative language filled the book with atmosphere and intrigue and makes this an amazing debut that has me excited to see what this author will come up with next.  Fingers and toes crossed that it’s the follow on book as I’m dying to know what happened the characters.  But basically whatever Anne Blankman writes next, I’m reading it.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: five-stars

Who should read Prisoner of Night and Fog?

Everyone as I want to book push this one!  However in particular, it’s highly recommended to all fans of historical fiction, especially those who enjoy WW2 settings.  If you enjoyed Code Name Verity then you should also enjoy this one even though it’s very different.  And if you enjoy romance but normally read contemporary, then give this one a go; you might just love it like I do.

Thanks to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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6 Responses to “Book Review : Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman”

    • trish

      I love books about WW2 so I tend to snap them up. And this is one of the best; I love that it’s set in Germany and how historically accurate it is.

    • trish

      I know how much you love historical fiction so I have my fingers crossed that you will love this as much as I did. Still a front runner for my book of the year!

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