Today I will be sharing my review of The Berlin Girl by Mandy Robotham with you all.
Berlin, 1938: It’s the height of summer, and Germany is on the brink of war. When fledgling reporter Georgie Young is posted to Berlin, alongside fellow Londoner Max Spender, she knows they are entering the eye of the storm.
Arriving to a city swathed in red flags and crawling with Nazis, Georgie feels helpless, witnessing innocent people being torn from their homes. As tensions rise, she realises she and Max have to act – even if it means putting their lives on the line.
But when she digs deeper, Georgie begins to uncover the unspeakable truth about Hitler’s Germany – and the pair are pulled into a world darker than she could ever have imagined…
When I first received an email about The Berlin Girl, from Avon books, I was instantly excited, and knew I had to read it. If you read my blog regularly, you will know that I love historical fiction, especially those set around either of the World Wars. Usually, books set during those times are set in the years during the war, so the fact that The Berlin Girl is set in the build up to WWII, rather than during it, made this book so much more appealing.
With her brilliant writing, Mandy Robotham made it very easy to visualise what it was like in Berlin during that time. There was a perfect mix of fact and fiction to the story, and the inclusion of real life characters, even in the fictional parts, was done particularly well, and truly made this story feel all the more real.
There is a very interesting mix of characters, who I thoroughly enjoyed. Georgie is a great protagonist, and I loved her quick wit, her passion, her bravery and strength, and her constant need to do the right thing, even if it meant putting herself in danger. I was a little unsure on Max to begin with, but his character definitely grew on me as the story continued, and I loved watching his partnership with Georgie grow. The American journalists are a great bunch, and bring some humour to even the darkest of times.
I personally think that the author did a fantastic job of portraying the Nazi officers. She really captured their pure evil, but she also captured their ability to charm, and draw people in. They were clever, they knew how to work people, and to hide what they were really up to, until it wasn’t necessary for them to put on the front any longer. It really is terrifying that they managed to manipulate so many people, and get away with such atrocities for as long as they did.
A lot of the things that the journalists witness are so awful, and completely inhumane. Things that nobody should ever have to experience. What made it worse is the knowledge that these sorts of things really did happen, they were real, and we all know just how horrifying it went on to become.
The Holocaust is one of the most unimaginably horrific events in human history, and I don’t think we will ever truly comprehend what it was like to live through, but it is so important to educate ourselves and others on the subject, in the hope that it will never happen again.
The Berlin Girl is such a powerful, and captivating story, and it had me in tears multiple times (some of which were happy tears). This is one of my favourite historical fiction books that I have ever read, and if it is a genre you enjoy, I would highly recommend giving it a read.
A huge thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books for my copy of the book, in exchange for an honest review.
I give The Berlin Girl a 5 star rating!
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