Once Night Falls
A harrowing historical novel of the extraordinary acts of ordinary people in Nazi-occupied Italy.
Italy, 1943. Luca Benedetto has joined the partisans in their fight against the German troops ravaging the shores of his town on Lake Como. While risking his life to free his country, Luca is also struggling to protect Sarah, his Jewish lover who’s hiding in a mountain cabin. As th...more
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Beginning with the reprisal killings at Piazzale Loreto, the story goes through Italy's political and militaristic transitions during Mussolini's dethronement by the king starting with Mussolini's banishment/hiding at La Maddalena. It has graphic moments and incorporates a fair amount of history. It recounts the Nazi's invasion of Italy (though brief) and describes the implementation of antisemitic laws and pr ...more
I literally could not put this book down. I rarely get the sense or pressure or edge of your seat that one feels in a well-done action movie but this story had me racing. First of all I am a sucker for multiple story lines and secondly being able to see and feel these characters is such a reward. The sense that in war you can't trust your shadow is handled quite nicely.
I am fascinated by this specific time & place in the history of WWII & Italy. This was an excellent story, I enjoyed every word. But, it just ended in the middle of everything. There was so much more to tell. I should dock a star for this but, no. It was good. Maybe he will pick it up where he left off in another book.