Synopsis: 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?
Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Romance, Mystery
Cover: I’m not really a fan of close ups on book covers, but what really drew me into this book was the title. It’s mysterious and made me curious to what it was referring to.
My thoughts: This story is centered around a girl named Gretchen Müller whose family is apart of the National Socialist Party during the 1930’s. She has recently lost her father who sacrificed his life for his close friend, Adolf Hitler. Everyone in Hitler’s political party knows that he favors Gretchen over almost everyone since she mindlessly follows his every command. That is until she meets Daniel Cohen, a handsome Jewish news reporter, who may have some clues to prove that Gretchen’s father may have been murdered by his own comrades. As she uncovers the truth with the help of the one person she was taught to hate, she realizes that when it comes to Hitler and his colleagues, nothing is as it seems.
The story follows Gretchen as her relationship with Hitler becomes rocky with each clue she gathers regarding her father’s death. Along with her trying to solve her father’s supposed murder, she must also keep her budding relationship with Daniel a secret not only from Hitler but from her sadistic brother as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed every piece of this novel that Anne Blankman shared with the world. I was immediately brought into Gretchen’s life revolving around her close relationship with one of the most dangerous people to have ever lived. I felt the fear rolling off the pages as Gretchen figured out the secrets behind Hitler and his actions. This book portrays the relationships Hitler had in real life before he ruled over Germany which was interesting to read about.
Each character that was introduced had so much depth and helped the intricate historical plot develop easily. Gretchen’s brother showed how dangerous Hitler’s followers were since they were willing to do anything for him. Daniel helped Gretchen realize that all Hitler taught her since she was a child was wrong and that the Jews weren’t the evil people causing chaos. This powerful book showed a glimpse into a German’s perspective on the impending second World War which I haven’t read about before and truly enjoyed. It showed Gretchen’s hesitation to leave the life she has been used to for so long as well as showing her falling in love with a person she was forbidden to speak to. I really enjoyed the writing style in this book that was straight to the point and simplistic in a beautiful way that kept be engrossed during the entire time I read this. I sped through this story and highly recommend it to those who love historical fiction since this book is one memorable read.
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