A City of Broken Glass

A City of Broken Glass

Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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In Rebecca Cantrell's A City of Broken Glass, journalist Hannah Vogel is in Poland with her son Anton to cover the 1938 St. Martin festival when she hears that 12,000 Polish Jews have been deported from Germany. Hannah drops everything to get the story on the refugees, and walks directly into danger.

Kidnapped by the SS, and driven across the German border, Hannah is rescued by Anton and her lover, Lars Lang, who she had presumed dead two years before. Hannah doesn't know if she can trust Lars again, with her heart or with her life, but she has little choice. Injured in the escape attempt and wanted by the Gestapo, Hannah and Anton are trapped with Lars in Berlin. While Hannah works on an exit strategy, she helps to search for Ruth, the missing toddler of her Jewish friend Paul, who was disappeared during the deportation.

Trapped in Nazi Germany with her son just days before Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, Hannah knows the dangers of staying any longer than needed. But she can't turn her back on this one little girl, even if it plunges her and her family into danger.

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765327345
Branch Call Number: CANTR
Characteristics: 334 p. ; 25 cm.

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dianelivia
Aug 10, 2015

The author had a great idea when she thought of placing this story in Nazi Germany, and could have used that to create real fear. Instead, Cantrell uses the stale conventions of mystery novels and wrote a woman character who, her life and the life of her child in mortal danger, quibbles about proving her so-called independence from her former lover who has inexplicably arrived on the scene. The notion that anyone would put their 13 yr. old son in truly mortal danger of the SS, to prove the petty point that "she doesn't need the man" due to her wounded pride when that man left her years ago (whose arms, we know she will fall into in the end) is ludicrous, and almost offensive to the memory of those who actually experienced the Holocaust. The writing is typical mystery novel quality -- just barely readable.

Diell Mar 21, 2014

good series

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muffin0321
Aug 31, 2012

Very poorly written, story dragged from the beginning and I couldn't finish it.

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fatemamahmud
Jun 26, 2016

this book was awesome

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