Berlin, 1941. Felix Thalberg, a printer’s apprentice, has the weight of the world on his shoulders. His beloved city is changing under Nazi rule and at home things are no better – Felix’s father hasn’t left the house since he was forced to wear a yellow star, and his mother grows thinner every day.
Then one night, Felix meets a mysterious young woman in a crowded dance hall, and his life is changed forever. Hannah is like a rush of fresh air into his gloomy, stagnant life and Felix finds himself instantly, powerfully infatuated with her. But when he tries to find her again, she’s vanished without a trace. Was Hannah taken away by the Gestapo and held prisoner… or worse?
When Felix himself is imprisoned in Sachsenhausen concentration camp, his thoughts are only for her safety. And then Dr Max Eichel – a Nazi medical officer with a sadistic reputation – brings his pretty young wife to tour the camp and Felix’s world is thrown off-kilter again. Framed in the hospital window he sees – impossibly – the same girl he met that fateful night… her wrist in the vice-like grip of the deathly calm SS Officer.
A gripping and beautiful wartime love story about two people facing impossible odds – heartbreaking, moving and unforgettable. Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, We Were the Lucky Ones and The Alice Network.
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CATHERINE HOKIN - HISTORICAL FICTION INSPIRED BY WORLD WAR II
Interested in some of the history behind the book? To read my piece on The Hidden Nazis of Argentina in Historia Magazine, click here
World War II historical fiction set in Berlin & Buenos Aires
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This was a wonderful story about romance, life, and survival. I could not put it down… heartbreaking.’ Crossroad Reviews
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This story just swept me away… I was left speechless… just wow!!... I do recommend a box of tissues… This book will have you turning the pages.’ Red Headed Book Lady blog
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I stayed up all hours to finish this book. There were moments I could barely breathe. A fantastic and compelling read if you like suspense, WWII, and stories that aren’t always tied neatly with a bow.’ Goodreads reviewer