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?
Most of the WWII book’s I’ve read are set in the 1940s in the midst of the war, yet this duology was totally unique, showing us the conditions of Germany in the 1930s and Hitler’s rise to power. I LOVED IT. Dark and ominous and completely thrilling!
To say that Gretchen could be frustrating would be an understatement. But again, we are only seeing her life from when she is seventeen and her childhood would DEFINITELY have impacted the way she thinks and makes decisions. This doesn’t make her any less frustrating of a character, just more understandable. I liked the way these books played with stereotypes and the way real life people made an appearance as characters throughout the story. Daniel was the sweetest and contrasted to the villains.
I loved the first book. I liked the second book. But the second book, to me, seemed superfluous and I would’ve been quite content with The Prisoner of Night and Fog to be a standalone. That being said, there was some seriously intense action and amazing character development in Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke. The mystery element of these stories was good, but I also found many of the plot points obvious and predicted a lot of the story before it happened or the mystery revealed—which made the characters seem a bit daft that they didn’t work it out earlier. Probably my favourite aspect of these books was the psychoanalysis of the characters—I found it absolutely fascinating!
Really well done, implementing some of the vernacular of the period it was set.
Prisoner of Night and Fog was a great debut by Anne Blankman, and although I feel that the second book wasn’t necessary to the story I still loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to read the author’s latest release, Traitor Angels!