East Prussia, 1943. Hitler hides away in the Wolfsshanze – his hidden headquarters. The tide is turning in the war and his enemies circle ever closer.
Ten women are chosen.
Ten women to taste his food and protect him from poison.
Twenty-six-year-old Rosa has lost everything to this war. Her parents are dead. Her husband is fighting on the front line. Alone and scared, she faces the SS with nothing but the knowledge every bite might be her last.
Caught on the wrong side of history, how far is Rosa willing to go to survive?
This was an interesting book, a story inspired by a true story of the women who risked their lives on a daily basis eating food prepared for Hitler.
I’ve read many historical novels set during WW2 but this is the first one based in the east of Germany, with a primarily female set of characters.
The story includes flashbacks in Rosa’s life – her parents, her husband, her life in Berlin before the war. We meet the other woman who have been conscripted with Rosa – and find out about the hardships endured for the rural German people during the later years of the war.
Rosa is facing possible death every day, three times a day. How will this affect her choices and morals and friendships?
I enjoyed reading this and have recommended it to other readers too. Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins for my digital review copy.
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