This powerful story is about a young blind girl who lives in Paris with her father, a locksmith employed in the historical museum, and an intelligent young orphan boy and his sister who live in Germany during World War II. As you may guess, their vastly dissimilar lives eventually become connected, but prior to that, a gripping story of the effect of the war on their daily lives unfolds.
The story not only encompasses the brain washing of youths during the Nazi regime, it also includes their systematic pillaging of the world’s great treasures. One of the characters in the book has in his possession a precious stone rumored to give immortality to whoever owns it. A dying Nazi treasure hunter in the story is desperate to locate the jewel. Another character in the novel is a World War I veteran with agoraphobia.
This is a story of redemption and the numerous ways in which people live in darkness. The characters are well-defined and believable. One of the most important criteria I base my reviews on is whether or not a book made me feel something. This book did and that is good writing. The book jacket states the author worked on this novel for ten years. It was time well spent.