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. (Goodreads)
Title: Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1)
Author: Anne Blankman
Published: April 22nd, 2014 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction
Review: I love historical fiction with a WWII setting.
This was definitely an interesting story because I have never read a historical fiction told from a pro-Hitler point of view. To have Hitler be a character in the story, rather than just the enemy, was definitely a new experience. It was very obvious that Blankman put in a lot of time and research into her story, which helped the story seem genuine.
The first chapter didn’t waste any time setting the scene, however, after the first chapter the story slows down to what kind of feels like a crawl. The end of chapter one does set the scene with a touch of mystery which definitely had me intrigued, but the overall pacing of the story was slow.
I liked Gretchen as the main character. Watching her discover who Hitler really was and figuring out what happened to her dad was a ride. She had a lot of inner turmoil, which was fun to read about. I enjoyed her character development a whole lot.
Gretchen’s brother is a pure sociopath and I also hated her mother – although I loved that her name was Liesel (aye, The Book Thief).
After a while though, I sort of felt like I had enough information regarding Gretchen’s father. I found myself not caring anymore about her father towards the end and I was just interested in reading about Gretchen. This led me to feel a little bored with the story sometimes.
I appreciated the slow burn romance in the book; I thought it was cute and sweet, and Daniel was a great character. I loved when he and Gretchen had scenes together; my only complaint being I wish they had more.
Overall, I enjoyed reading Prisoner of Night and Fog, but I don’t know if I’m interested in reading the second novel. I feel like I got enough out of the first book.