With the recent commemoration of WW1 I was eager to read a book related to the war. I have always been interested in books, TV and film that depict rtbreaking realities of war. This book by Suzy Zail focuses on a concentration camp in Auschwitz during WW2.
The events that Suzy Zail writes about are incomprehensible and a terrifying reflection on the horrors of war. Although it is hard to imagine being in such a situation, Suzy Zail manages to write in a such a way that the reader almost feels they are there in Auschwitz witnessing these dreadful events for themselves. It is clear that WW2 is close to Zail’s heart as her own father survived the Holocaust. Throughout the story there are many references to the lack of food amongst the camps, something that Zail’s father must have remembered clearly. Although based on fictional characters, the story was entirely believable and reads as if it were a true account.
As stated in the title and blurb, whilst working as a pianist for the commandant, Hanna slowly falls for the commandant’s son who in all essences is ‘The Wrong Boy’. Anyone who has read my other reviews will know that I am not a fan of fictional romances. Particularly young adult romances that appear from nowhere and form in the matter of minutes. Thankfully the relationship between Hanna and the commandant’s son was not insta love and developed subtly and slowly as the story went on. Although a big part of the plot, this did not detract from the reason I wanted to read the book, which was not for romance but a powerful tale of the horrors of war.