Today is my stop at the blog tour for The Survivors by Kate Furnivall and I am so excited to share my review with you!
‘Directly I saw him, I knew he had to die.’
Germany, 1945. Klara Janowska and her daughter Alicja have walked for weeks to get to Graufeld Displaced Persons camp. In the cramped, dirty, dangerous conditions they, along with 3,200 others, are the lucky ones. They have survived and will do anything to find a way back home.
But when Klara recognises a man in the camp from her past, a deadly game of cat and mouse begins.
He knows exactly what she did during the war to save her daughter.
She knows his real identity.
What will be the price of silence? And will either make it out of the camp alive?
My Review: 4.5 / 5 amazing stars!
Let me start my review by saying that I picked up the book on a Saturday morning and I wasn’t able to put it down for the whole day until late in the evening. I finished it in one single sitting! It was absolutely amazing.
It tells the story about Klara Janowska and her daughter Alicja who endured and finally escaped the horror of the Second World War and came to a Displaced Persons camp set up by the British army in Germany, where they could finally look forward to a future and start a new life somewhere in Europe. However one day Klara saw a man from her past in the camp and she instantly knew that in order for her and her daughter to start a new life, this man had to die…
This is such a highly addictive, fast-paced but also powerful story about endurance; about courage and love in the face of adversity and trauma; about what we would all willing to do in order to save our loved ones. It is such a captivating, dangerous, thrilling and emotional read which I absolutely adore.
Kate Furnivall is excellent in creating vivid characters. Klara is tough, strong and determined while Alicja is protective, quiet and intelligent. I instantly connected with them and all the characters in the story. I was hooked from page 1 because I needed to know who the man was and what events happened in the past that had driven Klara to make such decision. It is impossible to stop once you start reading the book!
What I also love about this book is the multiple POVs telling the story from different perspectives and the way it alternates between the past and present events. It is so well thought-out and structured. One event led to another and the readers could not help but got completely engrossed in the story.
While I was reading the book, I noticed the amount of research the author has put into writing this book. To be honest I thought I knew a lot about WWII as this is a period of time that I love to read and have read about the most. However it was a shame that I didn’t know about the Displaced Persons camp until I read this book. Kate Furnivall has precisely captured the desperation of war and the inhuman tragedies people had been through; it serves as a reminder to all of us about the horror of war and the lessons we all should have learnt from it.
I thoroughly loved and enjoyed this book! Thank you so much again for Sian and Ed Public Relation for sending me this stunning copy!
The Survivors by Kate Furnivall is published in paperback on 29 November by Simon and Schuster, priced £7.99. Please make sure you check it out, highly and definitely recommended!
About the author
Kate Furnivall was raised in Wales, went to university in London, and worked in advertising before becoming a bestselling writer. Her first historical fiction, The Russian Concubine, was inspired by her grandmother’s real-life story – she fled the Russian Revolution and became a refugee. Kate has written nine novels since, two of which were shortlisted for the RNA Historical Novel of the Year Award. She now lives in blissful Devon with her husband. Her most recent book is The Betrayal.
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