As soon as I finished this book, I started tweeting about how good it was, but I couldn’t quite get my thoughts together enough to start the review. It’s two days later, and now I have to write the review out to move on to the other books. I’m still not quite ready to let this book stop living in my head. It’s that intense. I found it to be the most honest look at what World War 2 was probably like for the people of Holland. Regular people being fed misinformation just trying to make the best decisions they could for their families safety.
I really don’t want to give much away because part of the reason I enjoyed it so much was that I didn’t read any reviews prior to starting.
Summary: Hanneke is known as someone who can find things. She delivers black-market items to loyal customers while living in Amsterdam under German occupation in 1943. However, one day, one of her clients asks for help finding someone instead of something. The woman had been hiding a Jewish girl, who one day disappeared, and wants Hanneke to find the girl. In the process, Hanneke ends up roped into a larger network of the resistance against the Germans than she could ever imagine.
The author of the book says this:
“I wanted to tell a story of small betrayals in the middle of a big war. I wanted to illustrate the split-second decisions we make of moral courage and cowardice, and how we are all heroes and villains.”
I borrowed this from the Chicago Public Library in order to review it here and to see if I wanted to add it to my WW2 historical fiction list.
Girl in the Blue Coat (As of today it’s only like $3 to read on your Kindle)
Paperback – April 4, 2017