Monday, June 29, 2015

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke

Book: Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke
Series: Prisoner of Night and Fog #2
Author: Anne Blankman

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?-Goodreads

Review: Overall, I enjoyed this book. The beginning of the story felt somewhat forced, but the author had to create some sort of catalyst to get the characters from England back to Germany. The murder mystery was an unexpected surprise and I like seeing Gretchen develop as a character. I think the most fascinating thing about this book is Blankman's ability to blend fact and fiction to create this story. I give the author's note at the end of the book, describing the actual historical events 5 stars, absolutely fascinating. 

Grade: 3/5

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