Review of Prisoner of Night and Fog

In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.
Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.
And Gretchen follows his every command.
Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews.
As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?
From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she's ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.
I have always been very interested in Hitler and the story surrounding how he was able to convince so many people that the Jews were the enemy. The history is such a stain on humanity and I have always wondered how people would so easily dismiss the value of each other because of what I person says. I realize in this time period moral was at an all-time low, people were starving and struggling to get by, it just seems so awful that people turned and put their hope in Hitler. I started gravitating toward books on Nazi Germany since I first read The Book Thief.

Gretchen was an awesome main character. She grew up hearing that her father was a hero who jumped in front of Hitler and took a bullet for him. She had such a close relationship with Hitler that she called him Uncle Dolf. But as she starts to realize the truth about who Hitler really is and what he is trying to accomplish, doubt seeps in and she realizes that Uncle Dolf may not be the man she thought he is.
David is a Jewish reporter that finds out that Gretchen’s family may not have died the way she was told. He joins forces with Gretchen, although she struggles with the fact that he is a Jew and she is going against the National Socialist party. David helps Gretchen realize that Hitler is trying to exterminate the Jews instead of just make them leave Germany.
The author used real, historical characters and time periods in the book. It was so interested to see how she weaved true life into her fictional story. She stated that she started to wonder what it would be like to be a young girl in Nazi after hearing about Geli, Hitler’s half niece. Geli’s history wove so seamlessly into the story that it really sounds like Gretchen could have been a real person.

I truly loved the book and thought the writing was excellent, the only downfall is that the book ends in a bit of a cliffhanger. I always hate having to wait for more until the next book comes out – but Anne Blankman did her job, I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.


  1. This sounds very intriguing! I do hate a cliffhanger ending, too though :(

  2. YES! I loved it, wasn't expecting to either, since I thought it was going to be a lot different than it was. It was interesting to see how good she weaved together both fictional and real characters, but it really did feel authentic, and so with you on the cliffhanger, I just want to read the next one now, haha.

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

  3. YES! So glad you liked this as much as I did Missie! <3 I agree...Gretchen was such a fantastic main character, and her romance with Daniel was just pheonominal.

    I absolutely loved how Blankman incorporated so much history into the story. From Eva Braun (!!!) to the incredible character depth and complexity in Hitler's character, everything is so accurate, which makes it a plus! :D

    Thanks for sharing Missie, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

  4. Great review! I'll have to add it to my TBR list :)

  5. I love these kind of books and I confess I'm curious. I heard a lot about this one but many different things too. I should try to see by myself. great review!

  6. There are cliffhangers that make me want to scream and others that I can deal with. When a book is in a series, I feel like the author should give me a complete story. I bought the book and shouldn't be obligated to purchase the next to get one full story. That being said, it the cliffhanger is one that comes after the story has come to a conclusion and the author is setting things up for the next installment, I can deal with that.
    This sounds like a great book. Thank you for your review.
    -Flirting with Fiction

  7. I've seen mixed thoughts about this. This sounds interesting and I like how it involves historical characters... I'm definitely reading this :D

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  8. I cannot wait to get my hands on this one. It sounds soooo interesting!

    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life


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