Sunday, October 8, 2017

Book Review - The Other Me by Saskia Sarginson

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Review by Suze

Eliza is a great dancer, she has friends, she has a boyfriend and she's happy. However, Eliza doesn't really exist. Eliza's real name is Klaudia and she's ashamed of her background. She's been bullied because of where she comes from. Her family has secrets and there is a lot Klaudia doesn't know. What will happen when she can no longer live as Eliza and needs to go back home, to the place she doesn't want to return to? 

Ernst and Otto are brothers, but they aren't particularly close. Ernst is in love with a Jewish girl. It's shortly before the start of the Second World War and he knows she isn't safe. The situation becomes worse ever day and the brothers know they will have to fight. Otto seems to be excited to join the army, he's tougher than Ernst. The brothers have to join to survive, but what will happen to them when they have to leave home for their country? How will the war change their lives, will they ever see each other again?

The Other Me is an impressive story. Klaudia is a sweet and talented girl. Her childhood was difficult and my heart ached for the girl who didn't really have a safe place in the world. I kept hoping she'd find someone who'd give her more than she received in her life so far, some much needed care, kindness and happiness. Klaudia is struggling with her family's past. Her father and uncle are German and they had to fight in the war. She's having difficulties with that knowledge, but there's so much she isn't aware of, and Saskia Sarginson describes her issues in a beautiful poignant way. 

The Other Me gripped me from the start. It's a serious story about a complex family with plenty of heartbreak. Hope balances the sadness and Saskia Sarginson writes about it in such a skillful way that I couldn't stop reading. I had to know what would happen next. The war years and Klaudia's present are equally interesting and they both made me go through an emotional rollercoaster. The Other Me is beautiful compelling read, it's a moving story filled with many surprising twists and turns that will stay with me for a very long time.

Advice

If you love stories about complex families The Other Me would be a great choice.

13 comments:

  1. WW II has been difficult for everybody involves, civils and militarues. I like historical novels, there are so much things that are not taught at school and these books make us understand (or trying to) how it was to live with the fear of bombs or raids on a daily basis, even if from fictional characters

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  2. This book sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

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  3. Is this a story about MPD? Thank you. 😊

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  4. This sounds so moving and dramatic. I already feel for her and haven't even met her yet. Such a lovely cover too.

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  5. This sounds very engaging!

    --Trix

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  6. Great review! I am adding this to my TBR!

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  7. Much drama. Perfect for a cozy night.

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  8. i think i better skip this one but thank you for the great review

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  9. This sounds right up my street - great review!
    Cora ❤ http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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  10. I love stories that are set around WW2.

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  11. Sounds interesting. Will take a look :)

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