Jan No - the author doesn't have the skill to handle the parallel stories in their respective time frames. As another reviewer stated, the author's choice to have Ben withhold the most critical piece of evidence is a sign of an inexperienced author who thinks, wrongly, that he is creating tension, and is also a sign of an inattentive editor. Had the author structured the story differently, it might have been better. If you want to read a masterful use of parallel timelines, read Doerr's "All the Light We Cannot See."
Sarah Since mine was one of those that gave it 2 stars, I'd have to disagree. There are much better books about the Holocaust out there.
Lois No I do not agree. I've read many books on the Holocaust. This was a good story line, however, the author lacks writing skills. I couldn't get into the story because 1. I kept finding errors that should have been edited. 2. I felt like I was reading "Dick and Jane." SO many other excellent books, well written - on the Holocaust.
Anne Fallon Yes most definitely. The holocaust was a terrible thing and its sobering to read stories about it. This was told from a different angle This was a bit different and I liked it. The characters may be fiction but you know the events were real.
Annalie I read this book a year ago and still often think about it. It's about much more than just the Holocaust! Highly recommended. At the moment I'm reading Balson's book Saving Sophie and it's very different, but just as good.