I'd heard so much about this book. At first I wasn't sure it was something I'd like. I do like to read war books from time to time but sometimes find they are too much pushing the reader into feeling shocked as a somewhat simple card to get emotions from readers. This was not a problem in this book however.
Following the lives of a blind French girl and a German orphan boy in alternating chapters the story gets told. It shines a light on the many other stories of the second world war, which was very interesting to read. There's a third storyline about a German art-hunter who's obsessed with a massive gemstone, but that was the least interesting one and in my opinion it could have been omitted. It gave the story little extra, but made it feel a bit like a treasure hunt.
It might have been a bit long, but I enjoyed reading it from start to finish. For me, it did live up to my expectations although the ending did feel a bit rushed and wasn't completely what I was expecting. I would certainly read another book by this author.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!