Today, I am excited to be sharing my review of The Girl Behind The Wall by Mandy Robotham with you all.
The highly-awaited new novel from the author of internationally bestselling WWII fiction.
A city divided.
When the Berlin Wall goes up, Karin is on the wrong side of the city. Overnight, she’s trapped under Soviet rule in unforgiving East Berlin and separated from her twin sister, Jutta.
Two sisters torn apart.
Karin and Jutta lead parallel lives for years, cut off by the Wall. But Karin finds one reason to keep going: Otto, the man who gives her hope, even amidst the brutal East German regime.
One impossible choice…
When Jutta finds a hidden way through the wall, the twins are reunited. But the Stasi have eyes everywhere, and soon Karin is faced with a terrible decision: to flee to the West and be with her sister, or sacrifice it all to follow her heart?
Thank you to Avon Books and NetGalley for my copy of The Girl Behind The Wall in exchange for an honest review.
I previously read The Berlin Girl by Mandy Robotham (review here), also thanks to Avon and NetGalley, and absolutely loved it. I’ve always been a fan of historical fiction, particularly one based around WWI and WWII, and The Berlin Girl was definitely up there in my favourites, so I had very high expectations for The Girl Behind The Wall, and it met every single one of them!
From the very first chapter, you are immediately thrown in to the pure emotion of the story, and the reality of what many families truly had to go through during this time. To be honest, the construction of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent events is something that I don’t know a great deal about, so I learnt quite a lot from this book, but it’s definitely something I want to do more research in to. This made the story all the more interesting for me.
Jutta and Karin are both brilliant characters. Both are exceptionally brave, and are willing to risk their lives for the people they love most. Jutta’s determination to reach her sister is incredible, she will go to any length to be with her, and that kind of love and loyalty is so beautiful, it’s an unbreakable bond. Every time Jutta ventured over the wall, I was on the edge of my seat, with my heart in my mouth. I was absolutely terrified for her, and desperate for her trip to be successful.
The romantic aspects of both Jutta and Karin’s lives are worked in to the rest of the story so seamlessly that neither of them take anything away from the more serious and emotional side of the book, which is something I really liked. And as someone who isn’t a huge fan of romance, it actually made the love stories much more enjoyable, because even those came with dangers, and possible ramifications.
Towards the end of the book, the story took a few turns that I hadn’t really expected, but which made it feel even more real. Those final chapters really pulled at my heartstrings, and brought tears to my eyes. Knowing that many people went through similar situations in real life made it all the more emotional, and it’s something that most of us will never truly be able to understand.
This book was everything I had wanted it to be and more. It was intense, heart wrenching, and impossible to put down. Mandy Robotham is a brilliant writer, and I can not wait to read more from her in the future!
I give The Girl Behind The Wall a 5 star rating!
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