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Prisoner Of Night And Fog by Anne Blankman - review

In profile, she saw things about his features she hadn't noticed before: the straightness of his nose, the full shape of his lips, the sharp point of his chin. Why couldn't he appear the way he was supposed to? The human shape of his face, the human smell of him-all combined to make it difficult to remember he was a subhuman.

Title: Prisoner of Night and Fog
Author: Anne Blankman

Publisher: Headline
Source: ARC from publisher
Available: Now
Buy it: Here

Synopsis

Gretchen is the poster-girl for the National Party - blonde, tall and one of Hitler's favourite companions. However, as the circumstances surrounding her father's martyred death take on a new understanding as hidden details come to light, Gretchen finds herself questioning what Hitler really means when he talks. The only place she will find the answers, is in the company of a Jew...

Review

There is no denying that Prisoner of Night and Fog is a well researched and intriguing novel - the imagined insight into Hitler's life, pre-war, is both morbidly fascinating and very humanly portrayed within the novel. However, beyond my initial intrigue, I found I had to will myself to the end of the book.

It isn't that the book is badly written - the language was rich and the characters were really well developed. I just felt that the novel's plot was missing that "hook" that would drive me through. The mystery surrounding Gretchen's father was only ever interesting. It was never urgent, or pressingly important, to me as the reader.

I did, however, really enjoy the psychoanalysis elements of Prisoner of Night and Fog - and almost wish that this formed more of an integral storyline. The doctor Gretchen meets was one of the more alluring presences in the book and I wish I had read more of him. Perhaps, though, this is saved for the second book. Prisoner of Night and Fog is the first in an upcoming series.

I would be very interested to read further in this series, but I think I would read it as something in the background of another book - more as a history book than as a thriller.

Overall

Prisoner of Night and Fog is a great fictional insight into Hitler's rise to power, giving a unique imagining of his social- and family life. It does, however, suffer from a lack of pacing and urgency, that made it very easy to put the book down.


Score 
★★★

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