‘Our parents were taken. And if we go home, the Nazis will take us too…’
Hamburg 1938. Fifteen-year-old Asta is hurrying home from school with her twin brother Jurgen. The mood in the city is tense – synagogues have been smashed with sledgehammers, and Asta is too frightened to laugh as she used to.
But when she and Jurgen are stopped in the street by a friend, her world implodes further. Her Jewish parents have been dragged into the streets by German soldiers and if she and Jurgen return to their house, they will be taken too.
Heartbroken at the loss of her parents, Asta knows they must flee. With her beloved brother, she must make the perilous journey across Germany and into Denmark to reach their only surviving relative, her aunt Trine, a woman they barely know.
Jammed into a truck with other refugees, Asta prays for a miracle to save herself and Jurgen. Crossing the border is a crime punishable by death, and what she and Jurgen must embark on a dangerous crossing on foot, through the snowy forest dividing Germany and Denmark. And when barking dogs and armed soldiers find Jurgen and Asta escapes, she must hold on to hope no matter what. One day she will find her twin, the other half of herself. Whatever the price she has to pay…
What does TWG think?
This was some read! Such a gritty, turbulent novel that just kept on giving – something which this author is absolutely brilliant at!
Historically laced novels are definitely Lily Graham’s forte, and I felt like she really delved into the mindset and personalities of her characters, Jurgen and Asta. The emotions that the characters portrayed felt realistic and really tugged at my heart strings.
Reading about the situations that Jewish people found themselves in, made me feel physically sick. Before this book I was well aware of the Nazi’s and their horrific ways, however regardless of how many times I read the words in black and white from different books, this included, the shock value never decreases. Lily Graham has done her research and then some, and I think that she excelled herself with her consistency and both heartbreaking and incredible story telling.
An emotional eye opener of a read – one that will stay with me for a long time.