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The Girl Behind the Wall

Author: Mandy Robotham

Started: Jun. 13, 2021

Finished: Jun. 15, 2021

Thank you to Netgalley and Avon for providing me with this advanced copy in return for an honest review.

Karin and Jutta are twins separated by the building of the Berlin Wall. Karin on the East Germany side after being stuck there following emergency surgery and Jutta on the West Germany side with their family. Jutta does everything she can to get to her sister to no avail...until she discovers an odd hole in the Wall. Over the next few years, there are visits between the sisters and letters to their mother. Over time, their secret is discovered by those wanting Jutta to carry messages through the hole. The sisters are constantly looking over their shoulders in fear of the Stasi, the secret police of West Germany. A young man neither sister knows pops up wherever they are and they wonder if they have been discovered.

While I am usually a fan of World War II historical fiction, I have to say that this was a nice change of pace. I found the story to be well researched and well told. The short chapters made the story easier to read and I was constantly picking it back up because I could breeze through them and still enjoy the story. I will have to go back and read Robotham's other historical fictions as I know I will enjoy them.

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