Sunday, January 30, 2022



Berlin, 1933, Hanni is only ten years old when Germany gets a new leader. Her father Reiner, takes a job as a commandant of a concentration camp. Hanni’s life is completely changed by everything that is happening around her. Her father isn’t the same man that she once admired. Twelve years later Hanni now, twenty two, vows to help those in the camp that she shouldn’t help when she was a child. She has photographs of what is actually going on in the camp. But then Hanni finds a body in a bombed-out building and she meets Freddy, the detective assigned to the case. She tells Freddy about everything going on in the camp where her father works. But Reiner tells Hanni that if she reveals everything about the camp, it would be very dangerous for him. But, Hanni is determined to help the people, and sending all her photographs to the Allies would save so many lives, but it would destroy her father. She must decide between the past she hates and the possibility of a future with Freddy.

This book was a gripping and captivating story. The author did an amazing job of communicating Hanni’s emotions throughout the story. She was devastated by what her father was doing and so desperate to make things right. This was an emotional, heartbreaking and powerful read. I’m happy to know it is just the beginning of a series and I can’t wait to read the continuation of this story. I really enjoyed this story from beginning to end. It is a must read.

Thank you Catherine Hokin for such an enjoyable story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought this story was very engrossing and I look forward to the next book in the series. I highly recommend it.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Catherine Hokin

Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: January 26, 2022 
Pages: 314 
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1933, Berlin. Ten-year-old Hanni Foss stands by her father watching the celebrations marking Adolf Hitler as Germany’s new leader. As the torchlights fade, her safe and happy childhood changes forever as Reiner, the father she adores, is corrupted by his new position as commandant of an infamous concentration camp…

Twelve years later. As the Nazi regime crumbles, Hanni hides from her father on the outskirts of Berlin. In stolen moments, she develops the photographs she took to record the horrors of the camp – the empty food bowls and desperate faces – and vows to get justice for the innocent people she couldn’t help as a child.

But her carefully constructed new life is threatened when Hanni discovers a body hidden in a bombed-out building, and meets Freddy, the tortured young detective in charge of the case. Could the fierce emotion in his brown eyes distract Hanni from her quest for atonement?

Or will Reiner stop her himself? Because on the day she plans to deliver her damning photographs to the Allies, Hanni comes face to face with her father again. Reiner Foss has a powerful new identity and he makes it clear just how dangerous it will be to expose him. Now she faces a devastating choice, between the past which haunts her, and the chance of a future with Freddy…


Catherine Hokin is the author of two World War Two inspired novels set in Berlin, her favourite city. Following a History degree at Manchester University she worked in teaching, marketing and politics, while waiting for a chance to do what she really wanted which was to write full time. Her short stories have been published by iScot, Writers Forum and Myslexia magazines and she was the winner of the 2019 Fiction 500 Short Story Competition. She is a lover of strong female leads and a quest.
Catherine now lives in Glasgow with her American husband. She has two grown-up children – one of whom lives, very conveniently, in Berlin – and a life long addiction to very loud music. 

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