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Mini Reviews: The Tattooist of Auschwitz and March Violets


THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ BY HEATHER MORRIS

4****

This book is a thoughtful, fictionalized account of a true story and one that certainly deserves being told. Though it isn't a new story, it still had the power to shock and appall me, the way I am again and again when I read of this shameful time in human history. It isn't, perhaps as engaging in terms of plot as some other books I've read dealing with this subject, but it is nonetheless a deeply moving account of two people in horrendous circumstances, which should never be forgotten. Recommended!

MARCH VIOLETS BY PHILIP KERR

4****

This is a solid start to what promises to be an engaging series! Bernie is quite the character, a man of his time - sexist, blunt, definitely not PC - but probably apt in the setting of 1936 Berlin. The story was good, but not great, with a few plot holes, but I didn't mind. I am a character-driven reader, and Bernie Gunther, with all his quirks delivered on that front. I also felt Kerr did a wonderful job of creating an almost palpable atmosphere of tension. I would definitely read another book in this series!

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