FICTION

Karolina's Twins

St. Martin's. Sept. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781250098375. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250089052. F
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Lena Woodward, an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor, asks Catharine Lockhart, a Chicago attorney, and her husband, Liam, a private investigator, to find her best friend Karolina's twin daughters, who were lost in 1943 during their transport by the Germans to the Gross-Rosen concentration camp. Lena reveals a heartbreaking tale of a mother's love, friendship, and family in the face of increasingly brutal conditions and the constant threat of imminent death in Nazi-occupied Poland. Lena's son Arthur is convinced it is all a hoax, a plan by someone to separate his mother from her money. A pregnant Catherine, naturally empathetic to the plight of innocent babies, finds herself potentially in contempt of court by insisting on upholding a critical attorney-client confidentiality. The overall theme and quick flow of the narrative are reminiscent of the author's first novel, Once We Were Brothers, but the story itself is quite dissimilar.
VERDICT Readers interested in the continuing manifestations of the horrors of the Holocaust will find this tale compelling.

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