Book Review: The Rabbit Girls

Berlin, 1989. As the wall between East and West falls, Miriam Winter cares for her dying father, Henryk. When he cries out for someone named Frieda—and Miriam discovers an Auschwitz tattoo hidden under his watch strap—Henryk’s secret history begins to unravel.
Searching for more clues of her father’s past, Miriam finds an inmate uniform from the Ravensbrück women’s camp concealed among her mother’s things. Within its seams are dozens of letters to Henryk written by Frieda. The letters reveal the disturbing truth about the ‘Rabbit Girls’, young women experimented on at the camp. And amid their tales of sacrifice and endurance, Miriam pieces together a love story that has been hidden away in Henryk’s heart for almost fifty years.
Inspired by these extraordinary women, Miriam strives to break through the walls she has built around herself. Because even in the darkest of times, hope can survive.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This was one of my most anticipated reads for 2019. I was super stoked when I got the notification that I would be reviewing this title. All I can really say is this is a magnificently heartbreaking story. 

The story follows Miriam Winter who is caring for her ailing father. During this time, she learns of her father’s true past during World War II. There is love and sadness, and just so many emotions through the pages of this book. 

Since I was young, I have always been drawn to stories from WWII. My great grandfather fought in the war and often I would ask my family members of his time in the military as he passed away when I was six years old. With that being said, this book spoke to me on so many levels. 

This isn’t what I would classify as an easy read, but it is definitely a MUST read. Anna Ellory’s writing was so eloquent, emotionally draining at times (in a good way!), and heartbreakingly intense. I found myself torn at times from needing to put the book down to reflect on the pages I had just read. 

I want to graciously thank Anna Ellory for her beautiful story. I also want to thank NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to review this title. 

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Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.