Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Rabbit Girls by Anna Ellory. What an outstanding and heart- piercing debut!
Berlin, 1989. As the wall between East and West falls, Miriam Winter cares for her dying father, Henryk. When he cries out for someone named Frieda – and Miriam discovers an Auschwitz tattoo hidden under his watch strap – Henryk’s secret history begins to unravel.
Searching for more clues of her father’s past, Miriam finds an inmate uniform from the Ravensbrück women’s camp concealed among her mother’s things. Within its seams are dozens of letters to Henryk written by Frieda. The letters reveal the disturbing truth about the ‘Rabbit Girls’, young women experimented on at the camp. And amid their tales of sacrifice and endurance, Miriam pieces together a love story that has been hidden away in Henryk’s heart for almost fifty years.
Inspired by these extraordinary women, Miriam strives to break through the walls she has built around herself. Because even in the darkest of times, hope can survive.
I couldn’t believe this was Anna Ellory’s first book. It was, in my opinion, one of the most horrifying and heart-breaking books I have read in a long while.
There are three parts of this book; one is where Miriam was carrying for her dying father; Miriam father’s past in Auschwitz; and the “rabbit girls” in the concentration camp. Three parts seamlessly blend together and the author has given us an unforgettable experience that is full of heart breaks and despair.
I love reading stories set in WWII period and I have also read my fair share of historical fictions. I have to say after reading some parts of this book, I have a few sleepless night. Anna Ellory’s writing is extremely raw and real. It has made the characters come alive and the events happen in the book event more terrifying and traumatic. The things that were done and happened to the Rabbit Girls were so horrifying. It affected me deeply.
I love how the past also intertwined with present. I love how Miriam is not perfect and how she could fight for her own life by learning about her father’s past, the love that blossomed in the concentration camp and also the rabbit girls.
This is an anguish, unforgettable and outstanding debut novel. It has taken me by a completely surprise in how much this story affected me. I would love all of you to read this too. It is highly recommended.
Thank you so much Megan and ED PR for gifting me this beautiful copy up review.
The Rabbit Girls by Anna Ellory is out now, published by Lake Union, priced £20.00 in hardback and available as an audiobook from Audible.
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