Saturday, June 21, 2014

Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke

I do admit that I was hooked upon reading this story. From the first few pages you will find yourself wondering what is going on, what is going to happen, and where is this going?
Reading about World War II anytime can be difficult. Even the fiction novels take some truth from the reality of what happened there. Jews being nothing more than objects for experimentation, torture, etc. It is heart-breaking. So any book dealing with World War II fiction or non is not for the faint of heart.
This particular book gives a lot of details on eugenics research. While it is informative I feel at times this bogs the book down some with too many details and unintentionally strays from the actual plot. However, it doesn't affect the read too badly, and you will find it a hard book to put down. At some points I found myself grateful for the additional details as it gives the reader a better understanding of what is taking place.

In a time when Hitler is planning the "perfect Aryan race" anyone less than perfect can be subject to this tyrant's wrath.
Amelie is unable to hear and is the daughter of an SS Officer. She is unable to understand the cruel world in which she lives. Her mother, Kristine begins to fear for Amelie's life as her father begins to plot of her disposal. Not knowing what to do, Amelie's mother contacts Rachel begging her to take Amelie to America and raise her as her own daughter.
Rachel's father has done extensive research into genetics. However, Rachel begins to wonder exactly what that research entails. After being contacted by her friend Kristine she soon finds herself going through his classified files and uncovers secrets she couldn't have predicted. Not only about other subjects, but about herself and her past. Finding out that Hitler's plans hold far worse than what she had thought, and finding her father involved she soon seeks help from American journalist, Jason Young.
Sparks soon fly between the two, but there is too much going on for them to act on anything. Rachel finds she not only needs help saving Amelie but saving herself as well. She is forced into hiding, and the details to follow will have you captured.

I do recommend this book to any reader interested in historical fiction or World War II. It is definitely not a weekend read as it is a very lengthy book. However, it's a book you will be glad that you read. I think more information should have been given on certain characters, especially Rachel's father. There was little left to be said about his motives in research and his actual involvement. I wanted more answers about him.
This book is definitely not for the faint of heart. There are many grotesque scenes through this book. I really did not like Rachel. By the end of the book she was okay, but most of the time she just came off as very self-centered. Even though she was focused on Amelie she was still mostly focused on herself as well. But still this is a hard to put down read, and I urge you to give it a try. I found myself waiting with bated breath during many points.

::Book details::
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (May 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414383223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414383224

::This book is also available in::   Paperback   Kindle   Nook

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

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