Prisoner of Night and Fog: Review

Title: Prisoner of Night and Fog

Author: Anne Blankman

Publish Date/Publisher: April 22, 2014/ Balzer + Bray

Pages: 401

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA – Historical Fiction

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?

I was very excited for this book after hearing Sasha Alsberg talk about how much she loved it.

However, despite my excitement to read Prisoner of Night and Fog, it did not live up to all of my expectations.

Certain characters really got on my nerves. Reinhard, Gretchen’s brother, annoyed me so much that I almost had to put down the book. The way he acted made me so mad, and somewhat ruined the story for me. Hitler made me cringe every page he was mentioned, and even Daniel, the male protagonist, got on my nerves a little.

That being said, Gretchen, our main character, was very strong and determined, and I really liked that. Her slight stubbornness really helped move the story along, and made her stronger in the end.

The plot was greatly thought out, and I could tell that Blankman really did her research. But, I felt the plot got slow in some parts, and I had to force myself to finish the novel, which made me get bored very easily.

The love in the novel was not my favorite. I felt it was just a little bit to fast for my liking, but I did enjoy that it wasn’t the main focus, and it laid in the back. I did enjoy the small lovey parts, but I did not like how some decisions were made based solely on love for each other.

Although I didn’t really like Prisoner of Night and Fog I will eventually read the second novel, and see if I prefer that better. Even though a lot of aspects got on my nerves, I did like the novel, and I do hope to see how it evolves over the series.

Three out of five stars to Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman.


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