Review of Prisoner Of Night And Fog by Anne Blankman


Published: 22nd April 2014
Publisher: Headline
Pages: 401


Gretchen Muller has, as best she can, dealt with the horrors of her family’s past. Her father, a senior Nazi officer, died to save the life of their leader, Adolf Hitler. And now Germany has the chance to be great once more. Swept up in the excitement and passion of life in Munich in 1931, seventeen-year-old Gretchen has embraced the life laid out for her by that leader, her ‘Uncle Dolf’.

But the secrets of the past cannot be silenced forever. When Gretchen receives a letter from an anonymous sender claiming to have more information about her father’s death, she becomes swept up in a desperate and dangerous search for the truth. With the full might of the ever-powerful Nazi party on her tail, it is a race that will risk everything she has and change her life forever…


Thank you to BookBridgr for kindly sending me a review copy.

Everyone knows what Hitler did. It’s unforgivable. So when I heard that Anne had a book which was fictional based around him, the word “interesting” immediately popped into my head. And I was right, it’s interesting and eye opening. Upon the first couple of pages, readers learn about Gretchen: she’s a strong, kind hearted seventeen year old who is blissfully unaware of the truth. When the first chapter came to an end, she meets a mystery man who knows how her father truly died. A big uh oh moment. For me, I wanted Gretchen to stay unaware of what had really happened as it would save her a lot of pain. But the warrior within her wanted to find out. So readers went along with her…

Anne’s writing style is full of facts, betrayal, wisdom and courage. But there was something missing: a hook. As much as I enjoy a Historical Fiction book from time to time, this one sadly didn’t grip me. Anne’s portrayal of Hitler was fantastic. She made him out to be God’s Gift to some and the Devil to others. I thought the narrative progressed quite slowly but it built up nicely to the dramatic discovery of the truth.

“And she was a fool.” – This was my favourite line from the book. It speaks some many different volumes and has the ability to take readers down several different paths.

All in all, I don’t know how I truly feel about Prisoner of Night and Fog but I do wish I had enjoyed it more. Just because it’s not my favourite, doesn’t mean to say that you won’t enjoy it. This is just my opinion.

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