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This was one of the best books I read this year. It takes place in Nazi Germany before WWII and has lots of suspense plus a surprise ending I did not see coming. Excellent plot and writing style.
Sep 11, 2007
History made enthralling!
The author of this suspense novel has managed to combine so many aspects of life and politics in Germany and Eastern Europe between the Great War and WWII that the reader wants to explore all the threads that come unravelled.
Did a Czar's daughter escape the massacre in Russia and is the pretender authentic? Jewish pogroms in Russia and Poland, and, finally, the holocaust is heralded in Germany -- all fodder for this novel. The wonderfully vibrant arts community in Berlin between the wars is also depicted. Among all these events is woven the mystery of this novel. It is well plotted, and the characters are very sympathetic.
The reader is now going to search for other works by this author!
Publishers Weekly, 2006-03-06 British author Franklin (the pseudonym of a veteran historical fiction writer) makes the most of an original premise in this engrossing thriller that opens in 1922 Berlin. The German government is in crisis, inflation is staggering, anti-Semitism is rife, citizens are starving and Hitler has begun his rise to power. Horribly scarred Esther Solonomova works as a secretary for fake Russian nobleman Prince Nick, the owner of several Berlin nightclubs (think Cabaret) catering to the rich, the foreign and the deviant. Nick finds an inmate in a local asylum who claims to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, sole survivor of the slaughter of Russia's royal family. Prince Nick renames the inmate Anna Anderson, installs her in an apartment with Esther and sets in motion plans to get his hands on the money and jewels that Anna will claim as the heir to the Russian throne. But a mysterious Nazi is trying to murder Anna, and those near her begin to die. Franklin deftly orchestrates her characters on and off the world's stage, building suspense to a dramatic, surprising finish. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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