Prisoner of Night and Fog

Prisoner of Night and Fog

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A gripping historical thriller set in 1930s Munich, Prisoner of Night and Fog is the evocative story of an ordinary girl faced with an extraordinary choice in Hitler's Germany. Fans of Code Name Verity will love this novel full of romance, danger, and intrigue!

Gretchen Müller grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her uncle Dolf--who has kept her family cherished and protected from that side of society ever since her father sacrificed his life for Dolf's years ago. Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.

When she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen, who claims that her father was actually murdered by an unknown comrade, Gretchen doesn't know what to believe. She soon discovers that beyond her sheltered view lies a world full of shadowy secrets and disturbing violence.

As Gretchen's investigations lead her to question the motives and loyalties of her dearest friends and her closest family, she must determine her own allegiances--even if her choices could get her and Daniel killed.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 150 x 213 x 38mm | 476g
  • English
  • 0062278819
  • 9780062278814
  • 151,983

Back cover copy

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.
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Review quote

"I'm in awed envy of the daring with which Anne Blankman plunges into her difficult and sensitive subject matter. It's terrifying and incredible to think how much of this story is true." -- Elizabeth Wein, award-winning author of CODE NAME VERITY

"PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG seamlessly blends the fascinating, terrifying facts of Hitler's rise to power with a gripping murder mystery. Gretchen is a brave and believable protagonist, and readers will become engrossed in her struggle to uncover the truth. I can't wait for the sequel." -- Michelle Cooper, award-winning author of the Montmaray Journals series

"A nail-biting visit to Adolf Hitler's inner circle in the early days of the Nazi party's rise to power." -- Jennifer Armstrong, author of In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer (with Irene Gut Opdyke)

"Completely engrossing" -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"An interesting perspective on a well-trod era." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Haunting and captivating" -- School Library Journal

"A winning gamble" -- Booklist
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9,770 ratings
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3 17% (1,683)
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Gretchen is family friends with none other than Adolf Hitler. Her father saved his life by standing in front of him to take the bullets that were meant for him alone. Living with her mom and brother in a boarding house, they keep a steady income and have a good life. When Gretchen witnesses her brother and fellow soldier beat a Jewish man to death, she realizes that nothing is at it seems to be. She's been blind, her beloved Uncle has a hatred for the Jews and will stop at nothing to exterminate them. Trying to find the person who killed her father is going to be no easy task, but she has the help of a Jewish reporter named Daniel. Will they find out who is in time? Can they save each other? I immediately picked this one up as soon as I finished watching Schindler's List the movie. Easily one of the most traumatic movies of my childhood, I never watched it again until that day. Having remembered that this book is about Hitler told from his niece's point of view, I knew I had to read it. And boy was I in luck. Prisoner of Night and Fog is easily one of my favourite debuts of the year. Blankman's writing is just so easy and the way she tells a story is also pretty darn gripping and beautiful. She knows her characters and knows them well. You can easily tell how much research she did and that's before finding out the Bibliography in the back. She used real people in her story and that just made this fictional story all that more realistic. There were so many times my eyes bugged out of their sockets. And it wasn't even the things that were done, but the things that were said. The statements and ignorance and hate. I devoured this book and I hope everyone will to. If you like your books well researched, you'll enjoy Prisoner of Night and Fog. I found the title to suit the entire tone and feel of the book very well. Cannot wait until the sequel comes more
by Giselle SM
This book! This book you guys! I can only say WOW! I'm left completely speechless and at loss of words. I did not expect this. What I had in mind about this book is completely wrong. I probably saw Hitler in the book blurb and made my assumption right away. What I thought this book is going to be about is Hitler persecuting the Jews, something like Anne Frank: The Diary of Young Girl, but fictional. But no, it wasn't anything like that. Prisoner of Night and Fog is a book set in the time frame where Hitler is building his army of followers and his rise to power. But more importantly, this is the book about Gretchen and how she experiences this period being a person that is in Hitlers inner circle, being a daughter of a fallen Nazi hero, being raised to believe that all Jews are subhuman. But her beliefs start to change when she sees a Jew beaten up by her brother, a Jew with real emotions and real pain. Anne Blankman managed to create from a subject so scary, something so amazing and interesting. You can see how much work she put into researching the subject about Hitler's life and his uprise. Every chapter, every sentence and every word is based on a true events, but still, it's fictional. How she succeeded to create a story that is a combination of both, will remain a mystery to me, but it does prove one thing. You can write something as amazing as Prisoner of Night and Fog if you put enough effort, passion and love into your writing. Gretchen as a character is truly fascinating to me. She was raised to believe that Jews are not worthy, that she should be an example of how important people should look like. Hitler, or as Gretchen calls him Uncle Dolf, is a person who she sees as a father, a person who gives her advice and who teaches her things. But as the time passes, she sees that he is wrong, but she doesn't want to let go and step out of her comfort zone. She doesn't want to believe that all her life she's been deluded by things that are not true. But Daniel Cohen is there for her when nobody else isn't, Daniel the Jew. The romance between them, progressed slowly from just acknowledging each other because of their common goal, to friendship and then finally to romance. It was integrated perfectly in the story to follow the historical aspect of the novel, but also the mystery aspect too. I somehow missed the fact that Prisoner of Night and Fog is going to be a part of the series. I thought it is a standalone, but now as I was writing this review, I realized there is going to be a second book, and I can't really describe to you how happy does it make me! Prisoner of Night and Fog is full of suspense, mystery and beautifully written. It's a win combination for me, and I'm definitely ecstatic to read the next work by Anne more
by Anatea
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