The German House

HarperVia. Dec. 2019. 336p. ISBN 9780062910257. $26.99. F
DEBUT In 1963 Frankfurt, Germany, 24-year-old Eva Bruhns is hired by David Miller, a Canadian investigator, as a Polish translator for the Auschwitz war crimes trial. Eva’s memories of World War II are distant and vague, and her family refuses to comment on the war as she becomes more concerned with bringing justice to the accused. Her parents run a well-known family business, the German House Inn and restaurant. Eva’s fiancé, Jürgen, attempts to keep her away from the trials, for the sake of her nerves and her position as his future wife. When Eva uncovers a shocking secret about her family’s past, she bravely pushes back against the expectations set for young women at the time, determined never to forget Germany’s dark past. The time line unfolds in alternating points of view from many multilayered characters—Eva, her family members, David, and Jürgen—which may confuse readers.
VERDICT Fans of Kate Quinn will enjoy this historical fiction tale for the strong female character and rich details. Recommended for additional purchase, as there are better historical fiction choices.tate Lib., Argos
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