In 1946, Eva leaves behind the rubble of Berlin for the streets of New York City, stepping from the fiery aftermath of one war into another, far colder one, where power is more important than principles, and lies are more plentiful than the truth. Eva holds the key to a deadly secret: Project Bluebird -- a horrific experiment of the concentration camps, capable of tipping the balance of world power. Both the Americans and the Soviets want Bluebird, and it is something that neither should ever be allowed to possess. But Eva hasn't come to America for secrets or power. She hasn't even come for a new life. She has come to America for one thing: justice. And the Nazi that has escaped its net. Critically acclaimed author of The Light in Hidden Places, Sharon Cameron, weaves a taut and affecting thriller ripe with intrigue and romance in this alternately chilling and poignant portrait of the personal betrayals, terrifying injustices, and deadly secrets that seethe beneath the surface in the aftermath of World War II.
What worked: I totally love Cameron's WWII novels and this one is just as exciting and thrilling. I totally was mesmerized and couldn't put this book down! Powerful writing alternates between the end of the war and 1946 when Eva and her friend Brigit arrive in New York City. Eva can't make sense of the flashes of memory she has on her father who was a doctor in a Nazi concentration camp. I was riveted from the very first page.
Little by little readers start to piece together the puzzle of what Bluebird really means and what this all has to do with Eva. There are twists and turns and total surprise reveals that caught me off guard!
There are also hints of a romance and the struggle Eva has with trusting anyone. There's a huge reason for the distrust as all her moves are watched by shadowy figures.
A heart-pounding historical thriller that sets a girl on a trail to bring justice to concentration camp victims right after the war. There are betrayals, deadly secrets, and a horrific reveal toward the end. After reading I wanted to know more about what happened with Nazi doctors after the war. Cameron has in her author's notes facts on things like the concentration camp, the fate of a couple of the Nazi doctors, a deadly experiment that is the stuff of Sci-Fi novels, and also organizations that helped refugees after the war.
I totally recommend this book. It's perfect as a book of the month pick. Also, I think it would be a great addition to any high school reading list on discussions of WWII and Nazi experiments.
2. Aftermath of WWII