…by Antoinette van Heugten.
Nora de Jong returns home from work one day to find her mother, Anneke murdered and her infant Rose missing. The only clue is a dead man on the floor of their living room clutching a Luger in his hand. As Nora becomes frantic to find Rose while dealing with the grief of the loss of her mother, she finds a box in the attic that makes her question her mother’s past. Could there really be someone who had been waiting almost 30 years to get revenge? Nora’s search for Rose takes her back to Amsterdam to delve into the dark history of her family including her parents’ possible alliances with the Nazi occupation.
Could that alliance prove to be fatal for Rose and Nora herself?
What is the truth behind her family’s history?
And can someone really wait for three decades to seek revenge?
To know this and more, you have to read the book.
The book was a fast-paced part-thriller, part historic-fiction. There is a lot about the killer answered at the start of the book so it isn’t really a murder mystery as such but more of a ‘why’ and the search for the truth about Anneke. The author manages to keep you hooked and wanting to know more with the suspense in spite of the reader already knowing who the killer is. It isn’t heart-stopping by any means but keeps you interested. I am not a big reader of historic fiction so I am unable to compare how this rates against books of that genre. But in general, as a book that manages to captivate its readers enough to keep going quickly, this does its job. Having said that, I must admit, I didn’t feel much for the main characters. Nora started to grip me but then lost me somewhere along the way. For me, it was the story that was more intriguing and things I had no idea about including the role of the Dutch during Hitler’s regime.
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***I was provided with a copy of the book for the purposes of this review. As always, opinions are entirely my own and not influenced by receiving a copy***
Until next time,