RELEASE DATE: 23rd November 2015
BLURB: In Nazi-occupied Paris, most Frenchmen tread warily, but gay nightclub singer Yves Lacroix puts himself in the spotlight with every performance. As a veteran of France’s doomed defense, a survivor of a prison camp, and a “degenerate,” he knows he’s a target. His comic stage persona disguises a shamed, angry heart and gut-wrenching fear for a sister embedded in the Resistance.
Yet Yves ascends the hierarchy of Parisian nightlife to become a star, attracting the attention—and the protection—of the Nazi Oberst Heinrich von Starck. To complicate matters further, young foot soldier Falk Harfner’s naïve adoration of Yves threatens everything he’s worked for. So does Aryan ideologue von Grimmstein, rival to von Starck, who sees something “a bit like a Jew” in Yves.
When an ill-chosen quip can mean torture at the hands of the Gestapo, being the acclaimed Nightingale of Paris might cost Yves his music and his life.
Not many books keep me up to 2.00am, this is one of them.
I was spellbound from the start, it held some hypnotic lure that I couldn’t break free from. Some of what I read was disturbing, I got the distinct impression that this was truth being told here, not some author’s wild imagination and for that reason, it made portentous reading.
I’m no Historian, but I believe that the author’s research was meticulous, the detailing superb and I was left in no doubt that it was 100% accurate. With that in mind, it raised many, many questions. The immediate ones that spring to mind are, “what are you prepared to do to survive”and if that’s not daunting enough for you, what about “how can you love your enemy?”. This is a very thought provoking book.
It’s not a romance, the author doesn’t wave a magic wand and sprinkle fairy dust, so that everything comes up roses, this book is set in turbulent times – it’s harsh and brutal. It’s timeline is a time that many wish to forget and I think it was brave and courageous for the author to take this route, rather than an easier option, it must have been a harrowing experience to write.
The blurb really does cover this book extremely well, so I’m not going to repeat.
This book proved that nothing is just black and white, the grey areas are always there, lurking in the shadows, ready to catch you unaware and we never know how we are going to react until the unimaginable happens.
Has to be 5* from me, anything else would be an insult to the author who did a truly remarkable job.
****I would like to thank the author for the opportunity and privilege of reviewing this ARC. My opinions of this book, were entirely my own.****