Not only does Eunsun Kim explain her life while on the run, but she paints a story of what living in North Korea was like and the culture shock she experienced when her and her family finally reached Seoul. She writes about the Kim's family regime and its impact, hiding in China for multiple years, and the noticeable differences between living in the North versus the South. She began to flee from North Korea when she was only 11 years old, but instead of drowning in hate and anger, she tells her story with the hope and optimism that she feels for herself and for her people.
When I 'found' this new author from Iceland, I was very excited to find another woman author in the horror genre. This is a scary, moody ghost story. It won the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award and was nominated for The Glass Key Award.
This is a historical fiction novel that is told partially by a young Jewish girl living in France during the “Vel d’hiv” – which was the roundup of Jewish families by the French police (ordered by the Germans) who held them in horrid conditions and then eventually sent them to their deaths at concentration camps in Germany. The other portion of the story is told by an American journalist living in Paris who was assigned to write an article for her magazine on the event. A well-told, eye-opening story that also gives us a history lesson of the recent past.
9,400 people died, the largest loss of life in a single ship sinking in history!
This story is unimaginable. It's gripping. It's haunting. It's about survival and the relationships that unfold during trauma.