Book Review

THE GERMAN HOUSE by Annette Hess

Rating: 4.5 / 5

I won a copy of THE GERMAN HOUSE by Annette Hess a while back and I have been wanting to read it after seeing some great reviews. It seemed to fit my prompt for a book involving a fresh start given that the protagonist starts a new career so it seemed a good time to fit it in!

THE GERMAN HOUSE is set in 1963 during the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials. Eva Bruhns is a young woman and she has only faint memories of World War II. Her parents run a restaurant The German House, and Eva is anticipating a proposal from the man she is seeing. When Eva is offered a job as a translator for the trials, her family and her boyfriend both discourage her, but Eva accepts. The trial reveals many atrocities to Eva, and it begins to make her question her own past and her own memories.

I didn’t exactly know what to expect going into this book. There are so many fantastic WWII fiction novels out there that I can sometimes feel a bit burned out on them, but I think that is why I wound up really loving this take on the subject. Eva is a young and pretty innocent individual, though one who does grow into knowing her own mind and living her own life.

Being inside Eva’s head as she works the trials and does some investigation of the past, we really get a fresh take on the horrors that came out of WWII and Auchwitz in particular. The author is able to use Eva’s reactions to the information she is learning and her questioning of situations to bring things to life for the reader.

This was a really compelling read and one I could not put down. If you enjoy historical fiction and a different take on WWII, I would highly recommend THE GERMAN HOUSE!

Reading Challenges:

#PopsugarReadingChallenge – a book about do-overs or fresh starts

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