Larkwood Priory, Suffolk, 1995: Following his afternoon confessions, Father Anselm is stopped by an old man. What, he is asked, should a man do when the world has turned against him? Anselm’s response—claim sanctuary—is to have greater resonance than he could ever have imagined, for the man returns demanding the protection of the Church. He is Eduard Schwermann, a suspected Nazi war criminal.
Meanwhile, with her life running out, Agnes Aubret unburdens a secret to her granddaughter Lucy. Fifty years earlier Agnes lived in occupied Paris and risked her life to smuggle Jewish children to safety until her group was exposed by an SS officer: Eduard Schwermann.
As Father Anselm struggles to discover the truth about Schwermann’s history and Lucy delves ever deeper into her grandmother’s past, their investigations dovetail to reveal a remarkable story, in which two seemingly unconnected lives shockingly converge. William Brodrick is a master of crisp historical re-creation, precision plotting, and morally complex characterization.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Series:||Father Anselm Series , #1|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS FOR ONE HELLUVA RIDE!! THE 6TH LAMENTATION by William Broderck is the second of two books I picked up on the fly, paying little attention to cover graphic or blubs, one evening, when I was in a hurry but needed something to read once I got home. It turned out to be a real gem of choice that had me eagerly page-turning from the get-go. The book is chockablock with a complicated plot wherein there are Nazis, holocaust victims and survivors, concentration camp tales, death, destruction, disappearances, collaboration, the Catholic church, deception, people who aren’t who they seem, corruption, lies, French Resistance, hidden truths, wrong perceptions, love, hate, betrayal, genocide, children and adults victimized, lives ruined … BUT … the truths eventually out. It’s chief protagonist, Father Anselm , can hold his own among any of literary’s mystery solvers. The book is all the more fascinating by weaving in historical facts with the fiction, the story prompted by a real-life event in the life of the author’s mother. I genuinely loved his book that not only had me guessing but caught me up in the lives of characters, good and bad, victims and perpetrators, surprises on just about every page.
The book is a little slow and has a lot of characters that don't seem to connect right away. It was a good book but certainly not the best on this period of history.
This book draws you in slowly at the beginning, and the gradual development of the characters and story is very satisfying. I didn't feel 'rushed' while reading this book as I do some thrillers, but nonetheless I didn't want to put it down. This would make a great book club read for discussion.