Anthony Doerr’s brilliant novel, and it shines brilliantly in every word, paragraph and page, takes the reader, body and soul, into the nightmare that was Germany and France in the years leading up to and during WWII.
A young French girl, Marie-Laure who is blind and a young German boy, Werner who is an orphan find their lives inter connected not only by the war, but by a radio broadcast forbidden by the Third Reich. And by a rare diamond sought after by Germany.
Werner is a mathematical genius used by the Nazi’s to enhance their radio technology. Marie-Laure becomes the unwitting keeper of the diamond, The Sea of Flames which some believe is cursed.
It is the story of their mutual struggle for survival during the atrocities of war and of what they learn about the nature of humanity.
Stalking Jack the Ripper, a well researched novel for young adults, is historical fiction and if you like bloody details, this one fits the bill. The author did her homework not only on the details, but with the setting. James Patterson is selecting and promoting young adult mysteries. This is his first, and he definitely got it right. I hope to see more from this debut novelist. 4 stars for accuracy and entertainment.