Title: Prisoner of Night and Fog
Author: Anne Blankman
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Series: Prisoner of Night and Fog (Book 1)
Publication Date: April 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover, 416 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062278819 (HarperTeen)
ISBN-13: 978-0062278814 (HarperTeen)
Reviewed By: Kaitlin
A gripping historical thriller set in 1930s Munich, Prisoner of Night and Fog is the evocative story of an ordinary girl faced with an extraordinary choice in Hitler’s Germany. Fans of Code Name Verity will love this novel full of romance, danger, and intrigue!
Gretchen Müller grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her uncle Dolf—who has kept her family cherished and protected from the darker side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s. But Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.
When she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen who claims that her father was actually murdered by an unknown comrade, Gretchen doesn’t know what to believe. She soon discovers that beyond her sheltered view lies a world full of shadowy secrets and disturbing violence.
As Gretchen’s investigations lead her to question the motives and loyalties of her dearest friends and her closest family, she must determine her own allegiances—even if her choices could get her and Daniel killed.
Quick & Dirty: Prisoner of Night and Fog is a fast-paced mystery with romance, action, and betrayal. I’d recommend it to readers everywhere.
Opening Sentence: Gretchen Muller peered through the car’s rain-spotted windshield.
Prisoner of Night and Fog is a book about Gretchen, daughter of Hitler’s beloved matyr. Herr Müllen jumped in front of the bullets meant for Hitler, saving the National Socialist’s beloved leader, and now Gretchen and her mother and brother live under his wing. He is a kind and gentle uncle whom at first Gretchen adores, but as she starts to see past his lies and falls in love with a Jewish boy, Gretchen must question all she has been raised to believe about her father, her childhood, and the cause.
I’ll start by talking about the characters, which by the way are all very well created. Gretchen was an amazing character. She has a very introspective point of view, and always considers and notices everything. Her internal conflicts made me feel empathy for her, and that’s what a good character is supposed to do, after all, so Gretchen is most certainly a win. And then we have Daniel, the Jew. I fell in love with this character more and more the farther into the book I read. When he proposed Gretchen call him Daniel instead of Herr Cohen something inside of me smiled. Next, let’s not forget about Gretchen’s antagonist brother. Reinhard was absolutely terrifying. His calculating calmness and almost total lack of human emotions gave him a degree of creepiness that made me shiver, and I can say he made my Top 10 2014 “I Will Have Nightmares Tonight” villains.
And Hitler. Hitler deserves a whole paragraph to himself. You know, we’ve been raised to believe Hitler is evil and horrible and we should hate him bitterly. By the end of the book we were to that point again, but for brief periods he was humanized to the point I actually felt sorry for him. At the beginning, after all, Gretchen loves him dearly, and I got to see a side of him that may or may not have been real (I can’t be sure, and I’m glad I never actually knew him). Altogether, I applaud the author for a fabulous rendition of Hitler.
The mystery in this book was very fun. It was clear, hooking, and nicely described. The only thing that really confused me in this book was the names that I got mixed up, all the German names, but let’s face it, I am not good with names. I can’t exactly blame anyone but myself for the times I thought Herr Röhn was someone else.
Prisoner of Night and Fog was great. I love myself a paranormal romance and sci-fi, but sometimes I like to kick back and enjoy some historical fiction, and I’m glad that this one was so great. The sequel shows great potential and I’m really excited for whenever that will be released. You know, it can be hard to create a mystery, with all the puzzle pieces that have to fit exactly right. But I feel like these puzzles pieces created a wonderful picture. I enjoyed Prisoner of Night and Fog immensely, and stayed up hours last night because I kept telling myself “just one more chapter” and then getting to an evil better part than the last. I hope that everyone reads this novel and loves it as much as I did!
He kissed her.
His lips felt soft and warm on hers. And feather light, the barest pressure, like a whisper or a sigh, so gentle she might have imagined it.
Breathless, they separated and stared at each other. In that instant, she was more aware of Daniel than she had ever been of anyone in her life: the high cheekbones beneath his olive skin, the flecks of gold in his brown eyes the tiny shaving nick that meant he had bothered with his appearance for her. His expression was so unlike his usual sarcastic grin she almost didn’t recognize him. He didn’t smile but kept his eyes steady on hers.
Prisoner of Night and Fog Series:
1. Prisoner of Night and Fog (April 22, 2014)
FTC Advisory: Balzar+Bray/HarperCollins provided me with a copy of Prisoner of Night and Fog. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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