I bought this book for two reasons – to balance out the chicklit of the previous book and because I’ve always been very interested in books surrounding Germany and the holocaust ever since reading The diary of Anne Frank and its accompanying literature as a little girl. I should also mention it was in the £0.99 deal.
This book is different, it isn’t written by a survivor or based on diaries, but is completely fictional. Whilst the author has taken efforts researching the subject matter, it feels like we’re strangers starting into something happening rather than get immersed in it.
There is hardly any characterisation and people appear and disappear throughout and past disagreements are rarely mentioned. The protagonist – Rosa – degenerates more and more into craziness and in turn becomes unlikeable. Time jumps months or years ahead with most chapters and if feels lazy of the author to not make any reference or indication to the lost and skipped time with the exception of the new date as the chapter title.
The writing is curious – there are a large number of German words interspersed in the text from her father’s nickname for Rosa – Püppchen – to words in conversations, but most of the time they feel out of place and tacked on and I wonder how non German speakers would cope. The author also had an annoying habit of constructing incredibly long sentenced with ten or more commas which makes for difficult reading.
I wouldn’t recommend it.