Blurb (from Goodreads):
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?
From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she's ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
This was an interesting story, but it wasn’t what I expected at all!
Gretchen was a caring girl, but she was also a little naïve, and blind to what was really going on around her. Seeing as how she’d been brought up to treat Hitler like an uncle, and to believe that he had the German’s best interests at heart, it was easy to see why she was the way she was though, and it was also easy to see how thoroughly brain-washed his followers were.
The storyline in this mainly revolved around Gretchen discovering what had really happened to her father the day he had died, and her slow unravelling of what was going on with her brother, and what Hitler’s plans for Germany really were. I think I was expecting more of a ‘war’ atmosphere, and maybe more politics, but thankfully we didn’t get too much of those at all!
There was romance in this story, and it was a bit of a Romeo and Juliet thing with Gretchen (the blond haired, blue eyed German girl [why does the cover show a brunette?]) falling in love with Daniel, a Jew, much to her brother and Hitler’s horror! It was nice to see Gretchen actually considering what she was doing as she was falling in love though, and trying to decide if it was actually a good idea!
The ending to this was pretty good, and I liked where the story left off. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next instalment.
6.5 out of 10