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Book Review… The Survivors by Kate Furnival

Author: Kate Furnival

Title: The Survivors

Length: 448 pages

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Uk

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5

I’ve read a few books by Kate before, I have to say I think this is her best yet. I loved it. I couldn’t put it down.

Germany, 1945. Klara Janowska and her daughter Alicja have walked for weeks to get to Graufeld Displaced Persons camp. In the cramped, dirty, dangerous conditions they, along with 3,200 others, are the lucky ones. They have survived and will do anything to find a way back home. But when Klara recognises a man in the camp from her past, a deadly game of cat and mouse begins. He knows exactly what she did during the war to save her daughter. She knows his real identity. What will be the price of silence? And will either make it out of camp alive?

‘We all kept our secrets. It’s what we carried around inside us now. All of us survivors. Sorrow. Sadness. Heartache. Secrets. You cannot go through a war without being branded.’

This book captures you from the very first chapter. Then it keeps ahold of you right till the very end, and I mean until the very end. It’s full of suspense, intrigue, and a lot of heart.

It focuses on a part of the war that I did not know much about and is often forgotten, which makes it fascinating in its own right. Then with a cleverly crafted plot, it keeps you hooked throughout. It’s full of twists and surprises which makes this book so exciting.

Kate Furnival really knows how to set a scene. The writing is so good, she makes it feel like your in the camp, where the majority of the story is set. The characters are also well written, Kate makes you feel such empathy for the characters and survivors of a horrible war, with the story mainly revolving around Klara’a journey and her backstory.

This one of those rare books that doesn’t disappoint you throughout or in its epic conclusion. It truly is one of the best historical fiction books I’ve read in a long time.

I have to thank Netgalley and Simon and Schuster Uk for giving me a copy of this book for a honest review. The ebook is out now and the paperback comes out 29th November.

So if you love Historical fiction, or just a really good book. This is definitely the one for you. Comment and let me know…

Until the next review

JTH

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