Tuesday 2 October 2018

❂ The Survivors ❂ Kate Furnivall ❂

Directly I saw him, I knew he had to die.’

Germany, 1945. Klara Janowska and her daughter Alicja have walked for weeks to get to Graufeld Displaced Persons camp. In the cramped, dirty, dangerous conditions they, along with 3,200 others, are the lucky ones. They have survived and will do anything to find a way back home.

But when Klara recognises a man in the camp from her past, a deadly game of cat and mouse begins.

He knows exactly what she did during the war to save her daughter.

She knows his real identity.

What will be the price of silence? And will either make it out of the camp alive?

Copy received from Simon and Schuster Australia for an honest review

We have all read books/seen documentaries/watched movies about World War 2, but how many of us know much about what happens when the war ends?  I raise my hand and admit I don't know much about the displaced persons of WW2.

Klara and her daughter Alicja's story is one that has gotten me thinking about how lucky I really am in my life.  

The Survivors is full of such wonderful characters - though it times I was unsure of whom I should have been trusting.

It is a story full of faith in other, hope for survival, hope when everything seems hopeless.  It is a story of a mother doing everything she can to protect her daughter.

Revenge is a dish best served cold, and our characters (from both sides of the war) know how to serve it up.  I was gripped by Klara's  determination, her ferocity when it came to those she loved.

So many twists and turns, and just when I thought I knew where the story was taking me, Ms Furnivall threw in a curve ball or 2.

Beautifully written, captivating story.  This was my first Kate Furnivall read, but it won't be my last.