GIRL IN THE BLUE COAT BY MONICA HESSE
Hanneke, 18 years old and feeling the guilt of her boyfriend’s death, is an underground resistance worker in 1943 Netherlands. When asked by a client to help her find the Jewish girl she was hiding, Hanneke agrees. She couldn’t save her boyfriend, but maybe she could save this girl from the streets of the Nazi occupied country.
The premise of this book had me really excited! It sounded like the WW2 book I had been searching years for. Perhaps it was this high expectation of mine that caused me to feel that this book could have been a bit better.
A let down for me, is in the characters. I didn’t feel that I could connect very well with Hanneke, who seemed a little bit cold and icy. Now, I understand why she would be that way, I mean her whole life was turned upside down. But I think her character came across a little bit flat, which is to bad because there were moments that I really liked her.
But don’t get me wrong! The plot in this book was astounding. There were so many twists and turns, I was feeling just as lost as Hanneke (but not confused as to what was happening). It was a well woven story and excellently put together. There were so many twists that I did not see coming. Which I thought was awesome! That doesn’t usually happen. So, I applaud Monica Hesse on a job well done.
Well, this book wasn’t what I expected. There were some weaker points to the novel but also so strong ones! If Monica Hesse ever writes another WW2 novel, you can be sure that I will be getting my hands in a copy.
So, have you read this one? Did you like it? Let me know! I would love to chat about it.