It is 1942 and Eva Adami has boarded a train to Auschwitz. Barely able to breathe due to the press of bodies and exhausted from standing up for two days, she can think only of her longed-for reunion with her husband Michal, who was sent there six months earlier.
But when Eva arrives at Auschwitz, there is no sign of Michal and the stark reality of the camp comes crashing down upon her. As she lies heartbroken and shivering on a thin mattress, her head shaved by rough hands, she hears a whisper. Her bunkmate, Sofie, is reaching out her hand…
As the days pass, the two women learn each other’s hopes and dreams – Eva’s is that she will find Michal alive in this terrible place, and Sofie’s is that she will be reunited with her son Tomas, over the border in an orphanage in Austria. Sofie sees the chance to engineer one last meeting between Eva and Michal and knows she must take it even if means befriending the enemy…
But when Eva realises she is pregnant she fears she has endangered both their lives. The women promise to protect each other’s children, should the worst occur. For they are determined to hold on to the last flower of hope in the shadows and degradation: their precious children, who they pray will live to tell their story when they no longer can.
A heart-breaking story of survival, where life or death relies on the smallest chance and happiness can be found in the darkest times. Fans of The Choice and The Tattooist of Auschwitz will fall in love with this beautiful novel.
It’s difficult to describe how beautiful and how heartbreaking this book is.
We all know about the horrors of Auschwitz, but this makes it so much more real, as we get to experience it through the eyes of the characters of this book. Although the characters are fictional, they feel so real, and of course, they reflect the true stories of Auschwitz.
The story is so compelling, and I loved the way it flicked back and forth between the characters’ lives before and during their time in Auschwitz. These were just ordinary people living their lives, who were thrown into this living hell.
The descriptive passages are very evocative and the whole novel feels so authentic. It’s so well written and flows so well, I couldn’t put it down.
This is a book that will stay with me for a long time, it’s an absolute must-read.
She is the author of six novels, published by Bookouture, including the bestselling, The Paris Secret and The Island Villa.
Her latest novel The Child of Auschwitz will be out in 2019.