Two children watch as their parents become immersed in the puzzling mechanisms of power in 1939 Germany.
◉ “Personally, I love human stories set during the war. But sometimes you feel like you’re reading the same stuff over and over.
“However, Catherine Chidgey has managed to discover and build on a new facet to the human war story that I had not come across before. I don’t know if it was her research, her plot or her poignant prose, but I felt like I was reading something unique and became emotionally invested in the characters’ lives.
“It is a gripping novel and though there is much suffering you are catapulted from one scene to the next without the thought that it is too much. I mean, why stop when there are surprises at every turn, even right through to the postscript! This may be a New Zealand book, but it is a story for everyone.” – Rachel
Chatto & Windus