Review: ‘Prisoner of Night and Fog’ by Anne Blankman

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Review: ‘Prisoner of Night and Fog’ by Anne BlankmanPrisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Published by Harper Collins on April 22nd, 2014
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 401
Format: ARC
Source: gift
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.

About Anne Blankman

Anne Blankman may have been meant to be a writer because her parents named her for Anne of Green Gables. She grew up in an old house with gables (gray, unfortunately) in upstate New York. When she wasn't writing or reading, she was rowing on the crew team, taking ballet lessons, fencing and swimming. She graduated from Union College with degrees in English and history, which comes in handy when she writes historical fiction.

After earning a master's degree in information science, Anne began working as a youth services librarian. Currently, she lives in southeastern Virginia with her family. When she's not writing young adult fiction, she's playing with her daughter, training for races with her husband, working at her amazing library branch, learning to knit (badly), and reading.

Anne Blankman is the author of PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG, the first in a three-book deal slated for publication in spring 2014 from Balzer + Bray | HarperCollins. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

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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.

Prisoner of Night and Fog is easily one of my favourite debuts of the year. 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.


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.

reading progress



I can’t have a wife when Germany is my greatest love. (27)
Our countrymen have forgotten how to hate. (57)
If she and her people were mistaken about the Jews, then they were mistake about everything. Without that screw, the entire machine would eventually break down. (109)
Loving someone is one thing, and being loved is another, but being loved by the one you love—that’s paradise. (128)
He was nothing like the monster she had been taught about. He was human. (168)
If he could turn me aside so easily, when I needed him so badly, what else is he capable of? (169)
National Socialism means tyranny internally and war externally. (188)
I’m not afraid of getting hurt. Not anymore. (226)
He exhibits traits of a certain type of personality, but he also appears to be a narcissist and swings widly from high to low moods with dizzying speed. He is a volcanic eruption, a lightning strike in the desert, a man with several different mentally diseased conditions. By all rights, he should be impossible. And yet he exists. (300)
My family is twisted into such ugliness. (324)





  1. Maria Pilar Albarran Ruiz

    November 16, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    I started it a while back but kept on putting it down by picking up other books but I really must go back to it because I know I’m gonna end up loving this one! Thank you for your review and reminding me I need to finish this one!

  2. Jaime Lynn

    November 15, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    This is most definitely not my normal read, but the first time I read the synopsis I was intrigued. Reading some of the reviews just intrigued me more, especially hearing several times that the writing is beautiful. Reading your review, I definitely think I would like to check this one out!

  3. Ebony @ Daring Damsels

    November 15, 2014 at 4:16 AM

    Fantastic review, Giselle! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. 🙂 I’ve wanted to read it since its release, but unfortunately haven’t had time yet even though I’ve borrowed it from the library twice. I can’t wait to read it now especially, because of your review. It’s on my Christmas wishlist, so here’s hoping!

  4. Cali W.

    November 14, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Good review. I still need to read this book. I have read good reviews for it. I like the history aspect.

    • giselle

      November 22, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      Do it! You won’t be disappointed

  5. Megan McDade

    November 14, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    I think this book sounds fantastic!

  6. Sophia Rose

    November 13, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Wow! You sold me. I really want to read this one now. Thanks, Giselle!

    • giselle

      November 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      You’re so welcome Sophia. It was so good

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