Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman (Review)


**POSSIBLE SPOILERS: Do not read this review unless you’ve read Prisoner of Night and Fog**

Rating: ★★★★★

Summary: The girl known as Gretchen Whitestone has a secret: She used to be part of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle. More than a year after she made an enemy of her old family friend and fled Munich, she lives with a kindly English family, posing as an ordinary German immigrant, and is preparing to graduate from high school. Her love, Daniel Cohen, is a reporter in town. For the first time in her life, Gretchen is content.

But then, Daniel gets a telegram that sends him back to Germany, and Gretchen’s world turns upside-down. And when she receives word that Daniel is wanted for murder, she has to face the danger she thought she’d escaped-and return to her homeland.

Gretchen must do everything she can to avoid capture and recognition, even though saving Daniel will mean consorting with her former friends, the Nazi elite. And as they work to clear Daniel’s name, Gretchen and Daniel discover a deadly conspiracy stretching from the slums of Berlin to the Reichstag itself. Can they dig up the explosive truth and get out in time-or will Hitler discover them first?

Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Mystery

My thoughts: This sequel to Prisoner of Night and Fog picks up right where the first story left off. Gretchen is safe in England with a foster family that cares deeply for her while Daniel is working in a newspaper near Gretchen’s new home. All is well until Daniel is forced to go back to Germany to help a family member. This leads to Daniel being framed for a murder he did not commit. Once Gretchen hears word of Daniel’s dilemma, she hurries to Germany in an attempt to help clear his name. This starts a whirlwind of mystery, deceit, and a race against Hitler in order to try and expose his evil capabilities to the world. 

This second installment to the Prisoner of Night and Fog duology was definitely more action packed and heart racing than the first novel in this duology. I sped through this book quickly because I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next in this historical fiction novel. The mystery of Gretchen trying to find the true killer that Daniel was framed after kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, worried that both main characters were going to get in trouble for being back in Germany after successfully fleeing from Hitler. Hardly was there ever a dull moment in this novel that kept building tension until it was transformed into this suspenseful story that surprised me at every turn. 

Yet again, the characters in this story developed nicely and in a way that wasn’t rushed at all. Everything wrapped up without trouble and in a way that left me satisfied with the open ending that Anne Blankman delivered to the readers. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the historical aspects of the novel that gave me a deeper insight into Hitler and his group of men that helped him gain control of Germany. This novel was very insightful and true to the time period it was set in. I highly recommend this duology to everyone who enjoys historical fiction because it is one of my most favorite historical novels that I could not get enough of. I promise, it will not disappoint.

Book info: Goodreads | Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Book Depository 

 – Olivia


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