The book is about a young woman coming of age in Germany at the leading edge of World War 2. Beautiful, blond, athletic and from a well connected family, she is everything that the growing Nazi Party looks for in a German girl and she has the attention of some the leading members of the SS.
This story takes us from the affluent neighborhoods of Berlin through the offices of high ranking SS officers to Occupied France and Poland, even the horrors of Dachau and Auschwitz. Not told through the eyes of the usual suspects, but through the eyes of a young woman with everything to lose. On the surface she has everything a girl could want, a close family, a dream job and a loving man. She also has as secret that could cost her her life and can and does endanger those closest to her. She rises to the situation that life has handed her with an inner strength that few people could emulate.
I truly enjoyed reading this book and am very much looking forward to reading the next in the series. I was so completely drawn into this story that by the end of the prologue I was reading it in a German accent (I am sure three years of high school German had a bit to to do with that as well). I was not happy to reach the final page. The story couldn’t be over, I still had so much reading to do.
I recommend this book to everyone age 14 and older. There are some adult themes and violence. The subject matter is handled sensitively, however the realities of the subject are what they are. Younger or sensitive readers should be prepared.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for for a fair and honest review.