Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

prisoner of night and fog

Title: Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1)
AuthorAnne Blankman
Release Date/Publisher: April 22nd 2014 by Balzer + Bray
Finished: March 8th 2014
Pages: 416-ARC eBook-got from Edelweiss
1. Prisoner of Night and Fog
2. Unknown

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

What I Thought:

When I first started reading this it was close to us moving and every time I tried to read it I wasn’t in the mood for it. I went and read another book after the first few chapters, and was hoping that when I picked it up again that I’d enjoy it. It took a few more chapters in for the story to develop and keep me reading but in the end it was good.

The beginning was more her idolizing Hitler because of her family ties and such, but after a meeting with Daniel and certain events she starts to change. I liked her a lot more as this story went on compared to at the beginning. When the mystery of what happened when her father died was added, that’s when I was really interested in this book. I loved how she tried to piece things together and worked with Daniel, even though she was raised to believe Jewish people were evil. I also liked how these characters were woven into the real past, and I think the author created a great story.

At the end of the book the author adds a section and talks about which characters were fictional and which ones were real, as well as what really happened during the events mentioned and more about the real people. I really liked this, since during the book I kept wondering what was real or fiction for the story. There’s also a great list of books she referenced for anyone wanting to read more on their own after. I just love when historical books have these things.

I did enjoy this book, but it’s definitely one I had to be in the mood to read but I’m glad I stuck with it eventually, even though the beginning didn’t capture me. If you love historical or even just want to read a great book set before the second world war then pick this up.

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8 comments on “Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

  1. This is one that I have been seeing around a lot lately. I will hopefully be getting it soon as it looks such a good read.

    It is a shame it too you some to get in to it. I have had that quite a lot at the moment. I don’t know whether it is the books or me! :’)

    Thanks for sharing and great review my dear! 🙂 xxx

    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries

  2. Good to know that this had a slow start. I just added it to my TBR pile recently, and I already knew that I’d need to be in a particular mood to read it, but if I picked it up, and it did nothing for me, I’d probably toss it aside again (like you did 😉 ).

  3. This one’s been getting a lot of buzz lately but I can totally see it being the kind of book you need to be in the right mood to fully enjoy. I’m sorry it took you awhile to get into it but with you moving and everything it’s understandable! Lovely review nonetheless and thanks for the input ^^

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