Book Review

Review – In The Full Light of The Sun by Clare Clark

Today is my stop on the blog tour for In The Full Light of The Sun by Clare Clark. I am so excited to be part of this and I cannot wait to share my review of this stunning novel with you below!


In the turbulent years between the wars, nothing in Berlin is quite what it seems. 

Not for Emmeline, a wayward young artist freewheeling wildly through the city in search of meaning. Not for Julius, an eminent art connoisseur who finds it easier to love paintings than people. And most definitely not for Frank, a Jewish lawyer who must find a way to protect his family and his principles as the Nazis begin their rise to power. 

But the greatest enigma of them all is Matthias, the mercurial art dealer who connects them all. Charming and ambitious, he will provoke a scandal that turns all of their lives upside down. 

Inspired by true events, this brilliant, humane novel peels back the cherished illusions that sustain us to reveal the truths beneath. A book about beauty and justice, vanity and self-delusion, it asks: do we see only what we want to see? Even in the full light of the sun?

My Review:

Have you ever come across a book where you just know you are going to love it even before reading it? When I first saw the synopsis of In The Full Light of The Sun which was based on true event, I just knew I needed to read it as soon as I could. And I was right, I adored and loved it!

I have read my fair share of historical fictions as it is my favourite genre to read. However I haven’t read anything quite like In The Full Light of The Sun where the author has put art and prewar Berlin together. This combination is very unique to me which is one of the biggest reasons why I adore this book.

In The Full Light of The Sun is a complex, devious and evocative novel about the deceiving world of art and the unrest and terrifying prewar Berlin where Nazi and fascism were on the rise; about how the fall of Germany had the compelling impact on how we see and perceive truth and lies, right and wrong. These have served the perfect and engrossing backdrop for this incredible novel.

This book is told from three different perspectives: Julius, an art critic; Emmline, a young artist; Frank, a Jewish lawyer. Their lives collided when more than 30 pieces of previously unknown paintings by Vincent van Gogh were discovered. We got to see how their lives were changed because of these newly discovered paintings and the unrest social environment. I found it horrifying but intriguing at the same time. Among the three perspectives, I did find Frank’s story the hardest to read in the sense that he could feel the changes were coming; he could see Jewish people were started to be treated unfairly. Little did he know what was about to become of Germany; little did he know that Jewish community were about to be shattered across Europe and six millions Jewish people would be killed in Holocaust.

In The Full Light of The Sun has beautiful and lyrical writing which I thoroughly enjoyed; at the same time it is also gripping and engaging. It is fast-paced and the story lines are very easy to follow; at the same time it does not lack rich and descriptive details. It is clear that the author has done a large amount of research which I really appreciated it!

In all, I truly enjoyed and loved In The Full Light of The Sun. It is a book I still think about every now and then even after I finished it a week also ago. In The Full Light of The Sun is out now and I definitely and highly recommend it!

Thank you so much for Kimberly and Virago Press for sending me this stunning copy to review.

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