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.
A 2015 National Book Award Finalist, this novel spans fifty years, following the lives of four friends from college to middle age. The story is absolutely beautiful and brutal, exploring themes of child abuse, trauma and recovery, and the limits of friendship and love. This is the kind of book that takes over your life while you read it, and inspires visceral reactions on every page.