Why did I love this book?
I love this book first and foremost because Michelle Barker is a brilliant writer and this story gripped me. The setting is similar to Traitors Among Us, taking place in the Soviet Zone in Germany, after WWII, but Katja and her family are German. Unlike other post-WWII novels from a German perspective, Barker doesn’t cast the Germans as victims, but as people caught up in their own bubble of prosperity and ignorance until the bubble bursts and they’re confronted with their own guilt. Authentic and humble. A great book.