Prisoner Of Night And Fog

Paperback | April 21, 2015

byAnne Blankman

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A gripping historical thriller set in 1930s Munich, Prisoner of Night and Fog is the evocative story of an ordinary girl faced with an extraordinary choice in Hitler's Germany. Fans of Code Name Verity will love this novel full of romance, danger, and intrigue!

Gretchen Müller grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her uncle Dolf—who has kept her family cherished and protected from that side of society ever since her father sacrificed his life for Dolf's years ago. Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.

When she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen, who claims that her father was actually murdered by an unknown comrade, Gretchen doesn't know what to believe. She soon discovers that beyond her sheltered view lies a world full of shadowy secrets and disturbing violence.

As Gretchen's investigations lead her to question the motives and loyalties of her dearest friends and her closest family, she must determine her own allegiances—even if her choices could get her and Daniel killed.

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A gripping historical thriller set in 1930s Munich, Prisoner of Night and Fog is the evocative story of an ordinary girl faced with an extraordinary choice in Hitler's Germany. Fans of Code Name Verity will love this novel full of romance, danger, and intrigue!Gretchen Müller grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of he...

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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 Dol...

Anne Blankman is the acclaimed author ofPrisoner of Night and Fog, which received a starred review and a Flying Start fromPublishers Weekly. When Anne was twelve, she read Anne Frank's diary and has been haunted by World War II ever since. The idea forConspiracy of Blood and Smokecame to her after she read about a real-life unsolved st...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:April 21, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062278827

ISBN - 13:9780062278821

Customer Reviews of Prisoner Of Night And Fog


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing and Different A fantastic, fast-paced, exciting insight into Hitler before WWII and his rise to power. Anne Blankman expertly creates the fictional Muller family and a murder-mystery, weaving a fictional story with real Nazis and excerpts from Hitler's famous speeches. Absolutely loved this!!!
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a good book Gretchen is family friends with none other than Adolf Hitler. Her father saved his life by standing in front of him to take the bullets that were meant for him alone. Living with her mom and brother in a boarding house, they keep a steady income and have a good life. When Gretchen witnesses her brother and fellow soldier beat a Jewish man to death, she realizes that nothing is at it seems to be. She's been blind, her beloved Uncle has a hatred for the Jews and will stop at nothing to exterminate them. Trying to find the person who killed her father is going to be no easy task, but she has the help of a Jewish reporter named Daniel. Will they find out who is in time? Can they save each other? I immediately picked this one up as soon as I finished watching Schindler's List the movie. Easily one of the most traumatic movies of my childhood, I never watched it again until that day. Having remembered that this book is about Hitler told from his niece's point of view, I knew I had to read it. And boy was I in luck. Blankman's writing is just so easy and the way she tells a story is also pretty darn gripping and beautiful. She knows her characters and knows them well. You can easily tell how much research she did and that's before finding out the Bibliography in the back. She used real people in her story and that just made this fictional story all that more realistic. There were so many times my eyes bugged out of their sockets. And it wasn't even the things that were done, but the things that were said. The statements and ignorance and hate. I devoured this book and I hope everyone will to. Intense, volatile and gripping, Prisoner of Night and Fog is easily one of my favourite debuts of the year. If you like your books well researched, you'll enjoy Prisoner of Night and Fog. I found the title to suit the entire tone and feel of the book very well. Cannot wait until the sequel comes out.
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful Gretchen's father lost his life protecting a friend, a friend who has become so dear to her family that Gretchen calls him uncle and he absolutely dotes on her. Her 'uncle' is none other than Adolf Hitler and Gretchen has always obeyed his orders without thinking about them. Until she meets a Jewish reporter named Daniel who makes her start questioning the events of her father's death. She must decide if learning the truth about her father is worth giving up the safety of being her 'uncle' Dolf's little pet. This was a highly impressive debut novel from Anne Blankman. There were so many facts about what was happening at this time in real life woven into the plot without it coming across as dry or simply stuffed in to seem impressive. It gave a great perspective on how easily it can be to get sucked in by someone who has firm beliefs and who's passionate and charismatic, make you believe you want what they want. I love Gretchen as a character. The slow progression from her believing everything Hitler has taught her to discovering who she really is was well-written and believable. It wasn't instant, there were some slips backwards, and that was what made me believe it. She fought through everything that was trying to keep her an agreeable little girl and became a young woman with her own thoughts and her own beliefs. The romance was sweet and I like that it never became the focus. The story was always Gretchen's journey and Daniel was someone who could help her discover herself and discover the truth about her father. He was supportive and caring and everything he needed to be for her. The first half of the book was a little slow but things picked up around the halfway mark, and tension really picked up in the last quarter. It was clear the author did her research before writing about this time and these events. Plenty of real events were mentions, real people were present, and there was an author's note and a bibliography packed with more information along with each part of the book containing a quote from Hitler. This was a book that was hard to put down with lots of tension and action, great characters(both good and evil), and well-researched. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from High Stakes YA! I received an advance copy of this book from HarperCollins Canada and in return I am pleased to give an honest review. I absolutely loved “Prisoner of Night and Fog”. First and foremost, I loved that it wasn’t another “teenagers save the world” novel. It’s no secret, starting out, that Gretchen (the main character) isn’t going to magically overthrow Hitler (if there is any semblance of historical accuracy). That was another thing I loved—the historical accuracy! I was already quite familiar with the history of Hitler and the Nazi party but even if I wasn’t, I think I would have had no trouble getting into the story. This wasn’t like the standard Nazi-era novel, either. It takes place before the beginnings of the Holocaust during Hitler’s second attempt at gaining power in Germany. The pacing was fantastic, the stakes were high and the tension was even higher. It went in directions I didn’t expect and ended just the way I like a book to end—enough resolution that it could stand alone, but enough still going on that it could easily be picked up again in a sequel. If you want life-like characters, a compelling plot and a healthy measure of world-changing history, this is definitely a book for you!
Date published: 2014-04-08

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