Esther, suspicious of both the woman's claim and Nick's plans, lets herself be sucked in to the plot. But the fearful woman claims someone is hunting her, and Esther comes to believe her. This is not only the tale of the rise of Nazis, the improbable and horrific dissolution of a country's society and culture, but a love story. My no-spoilers policy saves you from premature disclosure. It's a 5: atmospheric, historically accurate, compelling on so many levels. Read and enjoy.
Ariana Franklin died in 2011, a loss not only to family and friends but to the reading world.
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