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by Antoinette van Heugten

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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With a mystery spanning two countries and two time periods, van Heugten spins a rich story of a mother’s desperation and the tragedy of the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II. Nora receives the benefit of help or connections that are often too coincidental to be believable, and the villains are somewhat one-note, but Nora’s grief and dogged persistence will have readers tearing through to find out how it all ends — in both time periods.

Nora de Jong returns home from work one day to find her entire life is over: Her mother has been brutally murdered, a strange man is also dead on the floor and her six-month-old daughter Rose is missing. When the police and FBI turn up no leads, Nora takes it upon herself to try to find out what happened and where Rose went, leading her to unravel threads that trace back to her mother’s homeland and events nearly four decades in the past. (MIRA, Nov., 368 pp., $15.95)

Reviewed By: Cyndy Aleo

Publisher: MIRA

Published: November 2013

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