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Disappointing and uncomfortably graphic
November 3, 2018
This book is one of very few that I will not be passing along to a friend. While I appreciate the fictionalized reality this book chronicles, I found all the graphic images of torture horrifying and unsettling to a degree that made reading this book a chore. I read it through to try to understand the rave reviews it received. Obviously what those reviewers saw escaped me. While I found the story line of Karl and Marjke sufficiently interesting to finish the book to find out what happened to them, the horror suffered by Luciano was far too graphic for me. I found the jumps to his story disorienting and unhelpful and the ending trite. One reviewer compared this book to "The Nightingale" (which I thoroughly enjoyed) - let me end by saying I fail to see any similarities outside of the two books being set in the same time period.