About two years ago (maybe more), my close friend Lauren recommended that I read Sarah’s Key. I kept putting it off and choosing other books over this one, figuring it would be similar to other Holocaust stories I had read.
It was a mistake to wait so long.
This book was amazing. I read it in two evenings after work because I couldn’t put it down. The story hooks you from the first page, and it has tremendous depth and constant twists and turns. It is fantastically written, and while the story is fictional, the historical events that are the center of the plot are portrayed accurately.
I don’t want to give away much, but it’s always safe to restate what’s on the back cover. This book is about a little girl, Sarah, who along with her parents, is taken by the French police one night in July 1942 when the police go door-to-door rounding up Jewish families. Sarah locks her little brother in their secret hiding cupboard to keep him safe and promises to return for him.
Sarah’s story intertwines with that of a modern day American writer living in Paris, Julia. Julia is writing a piece on the roundup, and in her investigation learns that her family has a strange connection to Sarah. The story also delves into Julia’s personal growth as she learns more and more about Sarah.
I haven’t stopped thinking about this haunting story yet. You need to read this book! Visit Amazon or your library…now!