by Heather Morris
Genre: Historical Fiction
Book Release Date: September 4, 2018
My Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Powerful. This book hurt. It was painful and sickening, and it was powerful to glimpse the story of how deeply evil humans can be, and at the same time, how deeply resilient.
I know that some reviews for this book indicate how the story was good but the writing wasn’t great. I have to disagree. I found it to be descriptive, direct, and emotional. This is dark content. Its subject matter was hard to read. It made me angry and sad.
Also, the audiobook narration was beautifully done. Richard Armitage is a uniquely talented individual, and quite frankly, was the reason I even knew this book existed to begin with. I don’t think anyone could have done a better job bringing this story to life so vividly and masterfully.
The story follows Lale, who is sent to a Nazi camp in Auschwitz during WW2. He’s a strong man who does what he has to do to survive and helping others to do the same for three long years. And despite the violence, the murders, the starvation, and the hopelessness of the situation, he managed to find love in Gita, a woman brought to the camp several months after him.
The way the author unraveled the emotions of this story was really well done. How Lale would be made to work sometimes without a day of rest for weeks and how Gita would think he’d died. How she’d been summoned to see Lale by an SS (one of the soldiers) and she was terrified when she arrived to him because people summoned by the soldiers did not come back. How people feared for their lives and how cruel the Nazis were.
Very well done story. Very relevant content. Five stars.