The Traitor

The Traitor

by V.S. Alexander


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Drawing on the true story of the White Rose—the resistance movement of young Germans against the Nazi regime—The Traitor tells of one woman who offers her life in the ultimate battle against tyranny, during one of history’s darkest hours.
In the summer of 1942, as war rages across Europe, a series of anonymous leaflets appears around the University of Munich, speaking out against escalating Nazi atrocities. The leaflets are hidden in public places, or mailed to addresses selected at random from the phone book. Natalya Petrovich, a student, knows who is behind the leaflets—a secret group called the White Rose, led by siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl and their friends.
As a volunteer nurse on the Russian front, Natalya witnessed the horrors of war first-hand. She willingly enters the White Rose’s circle, where every hushed conversation, every small act of dissent could mean imprisonment or death at the hands of an infuriated Gestapo. Natalya risks everything alongside her friends, hoping the power of words will encourage others to resist. But even among those she trusts most, there is no guarantee of safety—and when danger strikes, she must take an extraordinary gamble in her own personal struggle to survive.
Praise for V.S. Alexander’s The Irishman’s Daughter
“Accompanied by an expertly rendered plot, bold and empathetic characters, and prose that jumps off the page, this tale will particularly satisfy fans of historicals and those looking for stories about the redeeming grace of faith and hard work.”
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496720399
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/25/2020
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 82,583
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

V.S. Alexander is an ardent student of history with a strong interest in music and the visual arts. Some of V.S.’s writing influences include Shirley Jackson, Oscar Wilde, Daphne du Maurier, or any work by the exquisite Brontë sisters. V.S. lives in Florida and is at work on a new historical novel for Kensington.

Customer Reviews

The Traitor 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
paigereadsthepage 26 days ago
3.5 stars The inspiration for the novel is the White Rose resistance group. The main character, Natalya, does not join the White Rose organization until the very end of chapter three (or 20% on a Kindle). Admittedly, I was hoping for more from the first half of the novel which is mostly about her involvement in White Rose. It really moved slowly and was passive. (Her involvement in the White Rose ended about around halfway into the story; so about 20-50% is her direct involvement in the White Rose.) On the other hand, several of the characters circulating during this time were real members of the White Rose group. A tribute to the true members of the White Rose resistance group was requited through the characters Alex Schmorell, Hans Scholl, and Sophie Scholl. Her journey after the resistance group was most interesting. This is the second half of the novel and was much more exciting. This includes court drama, a prison sentence, POW camp, and more that leads up to the end of the war. The narrator, Natalya, was hard to connect with. I liked her, I just wanted more depth from her. When reading WWII fiction there is a level of emotion to be expected, but Natalya’s character did not evoke those feelings for me because her narration was often listless. Because of the great last half, I enjoyed it. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy. Opinions are my own.
AnnetteBReviews 26 days ago
White Rose was a peaceful resistance group in the Third Reich led by a group of students including siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl at the University of Munich. The group mailed leaflets to random people picked from the phone book, appealing to the “blindness of German people” and spreading “words of resistance, struggle, and hope.” They were mailed from different cities to different cities to “allay suspicion from the home city of Munich and to make the group seem much larger than it was.” Munich, 1938. Sixteen year old Natalya Pertovich notices her Jewish friends disappearing from her life, hiding in their houses to avoid any attention. 1942. Numb to the horrors of war and feeling powerless, she then takes a step and heads to the Russian Front as a volunteer nurse for German Red Cross. There she makes friends, who back in Germany introduce her to the White Rose movement. “Everyone in the White Rose was chosen for their intelligence, their convictions, and their politics…” After witnessing horrors of war on the Russian front, she joins the movement. She gets involved in writing the leaflets, expressing about the oppressive government, the strangling of creativity of artists, the disappearance of originality and individuality, the death of the soul of the German People. “The Spirit of Germany has been crushed under a foul dictator’s iron boot.” As Sophie’s and Hans’ behavior become more and more brazen, they put themselves in danger of being discovered. Ultimately leading to their arrest and putting others in danger’s path. The character of Natalya exemplifies a strong woman. A woman who stands behind her convictions. Despite Hitler’s regime and his teachings on Aryan supremacy, she had “an urge to be free, to be my own woman, a nascent rebelliousness.” Drawing atmosphere of the time period by bringing the pressure put on students at university, which wasn’t a place for a woman. She should be by her husband and reproducing Aryan race. “Women should present a child every year to the Fuhrer.” By clashes between students and SS officers. By the restrictions of free movement, which made distribution of leaflets very dangerous. The story of Hans and Sophie is very touching. Sophie was a young student, who was mature beyond her years. “Child, but one of immense maturity and unyielding courage.” This beautifully imagined and poignant story pays honors to those young students and professors whose lives were cut short, who took a stand and fought peacefully for humanity, for what was right. This story doesn’t bring the graphic atrocities of WWII. It is informative and focuses on the lives of those who took part in the White Rose, with profoundly deeply moving characters and surroundings reflecting the time of war-torn places. “We had stood against tyranny when few did and many more should have taken a stand.” P.S. Also by this author, highly recommend The Taster – Hitler’s obsession with being poisoned.
KristaS 26 days ago
The Traitor by V.S. Alexander is the story of the White Rose Resistance movement in Germany during WWII. The author chose to tell this story from the viewpoint of a fictional character that was part of the White Rose, rather than making Sophie or Hans Scholl the main character. He explains why in his author's notes if you are interested, but let me say that his approached works well, and I respect his reasons for doing it. The Traitor is well researched and written. It doesn't hold back on any aspect of the events surrounding these brave people. I appreciated the honest look into history. Thank you #NetGalley for the opportunity to read and give my honest review on #TheTraitor.
bookluvr35SL 28 days ago
This book is based on the true story of the White Rose - the resistance movement of young Germans against the Nazi regime. It tells about Natalya, who becomes a part of the group because of her best friend. It begins with making leaflets and leaving them in public places and mailing them to addresses they chose randomly from the phone book. The missions slowly became more and more dangerous as they stakes became higher. The one rule was the promise not to sell the others out if they got caught. Then one day the inevitable happened..... I had never heard of the White Rose before this so I found this book fascinating. It really brought that section of history to life. I highly recommend it for all historical fiction fans.
Annette5151 28 days ago
A bit of an intense book of surviving WW2. I didn’t realize it was based on some actual people and events. I enjoyed the story and the main character. I couldn’t help but feel I have read several other books just like this one. Thanks to Netgalley for the early copy
Anonymous 28 days ago
The Traitor" does a fine job of evoking life in Munich during the Nazi regime and of introducing readers to the White Rose, a little-known resistance movement organized by young Germans. The pace was great; there were several times when the suspense built beautifully, to the point I almost missed my subway stop while reading. Unfortunately, the narrator/protagonist was one of the duller characters not just of the book but of first-person narrators I've read during my lifetime. As a result, I was less invested in the story and at times bored by the narrative. What's more, the denouement was a bit melodramatic for my tastes. Thank you, NetGalley and Kensington Books, for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Shirleymca 30 days ago
A Mother Found This book was fascinating in its vivid description of the village in India, the many sites such as the bazaar, the Baptist church, and the Castle. It was also quite descriptive of the English village where sat Cedar Hall and where the orphanage once stood. It is a story of a mother's heartbreak, a child lost and finally the love between a daughter and her father. There was a lot going on and it kept the pages turning. I loved the characters, Connie, Sarah, and Anna. The story is rather sad, the ending happy and with a twist toward the end involving Connie. Sara's father's search for his birth mom, and Connie's secret she was finally able to let go of. The story of Anna was very sad. The story was well written, the book kept my interest to the end, and I would definitely recommend it. Thanks to Ann Bennett, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review an advance copy of the book.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Thank you, NetGalley, for a complimentary ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. I did not finish this book. Unfortunately I didn't feel a connection to any of the characters, and there were some parts that didn't quite make sense to me. (What happened to Greta's character, and why was Lisa invited into the White Rose first?) I appreciated the author beginning the book during Kristallnacht, but I would have loved to hear more as this event is the cataclysm that would eventually lead to the horrors of the Holocaust. I would have actually loved it if the book was longer so there would be more detail.
MatteaLC 3 months ago
This is a beautiful, well researched novel by #V. S. Alexander, about an area of resistance that I never was aware of. Based on real resisters and a group called White Rose, that operated under great risk, to bring truth to the German citizens. Natalya is a Russian born German citizen, living in Munich during WWII with her parents. As they struggle to survive and stay under the Nazi’s radar, Natalya is pursued by a handsome German that is attractive, but she is leery of his motives, but is conflicted by her attraction to him. She joins up with White Rose to spread propaganda and brings danger into all of their lives. This the story of the brave men and women, risking their lives to fight the enemy. It shares their stories if hunger, loss, despair and the danger they faced, as everyone is under suspicion and danger. It’s a testimony to those that fought, struggled and died, to save their country. My thanks to #NetGalley #KensingtonPublishing for my ARC. All comments are my own, and it’s definitely a five star effort.
Tangen 3 months ago
historical-fiction, historical-places-events, historical-figures, Germany, resistance-efforts, danger, historical-research, WW2 This book dresses some ugly history in the finery of fiction. That's a good thing. Natalya stands as the everywoman of the German peaceful resistance known as the White Rose of underground defiance of the Nazis. Her family fled the predations of Russia coming to Germany and becoming citizens, but it all went from bad to worse as the Reich rose in strength and cruelty. She undertook hazardous tasks, tried to comfort the despair of others, and even found time for a little romance. The characters and their situations are all too believable as are the lessons from the past. The book is very moving. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
wjane 3 months ago
The Traitor by V. S. Alexander is historical fiction story of a young woman‘s life that is based on facts set in Nazi Germany 1942 through 1949. It describes small group resistance to evil and how she and other members of various groups including the famous White Rose made a difference. Harrowing details and experiences most could never imagine. The Traitor is written with characters who come alive to the reader. Alexander’s book reads like a true story because of the authors extensive research, study and understanding of those who were a part of the resistance and historical documents. This important book helps us to remember the brave people who fought the evil of that was the National Socialist Party. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book. 5 Stars
gmcootie 3 months ago
Stories about World War II have always fascinated me, especially those that are based in fact and tell the stories of ordinary people forced into extraordinary circumstances. Sometimes it seems like it was all of Europe. The Traitor by V. S. Alexander fits right into that category and I enjoyed it very much. Natalya Petrovich is just a student when things begin to get ominous in Germany. Her family comes from Russia but they have done their best to assimilate themselves into the German culture. However, as Natalya and her family – and many, many others – soon find out, assimilation for all isn’t part of the Master Plan. Purges and concentration camps appear, and many Germans just don’t understand how this can be and resolve to try to do something about it. Natalya joins the White Rose, the resistance movement of young Germans against the Nazi regime. Her job is to participate in writing and distributing a series of anonymous leaflets hidden in public places or mailed to addresses selected at random from the phone book denouncing the Nazi regime. Author Alexander does an excellent job of portraying the fear and danger, the dedication, the loss of friends and the betrayal of others. Thanks to One More Chapter Books Harper Collins for providing an advance copy of The Traitor via NetGalley for my honest review. I enjoyed it and recommend it. All opinions are my own.
Rachel_Denise01 3 months ago
The Traitor by V.S. Alexander is a great historical fiction taking place overall in Munich, Germany 1942 and focussing on the real-life resistance group, The White Rose, that comprised of young adult German citizens that tried to do their part in fighting the brutality of the Nazi regime. The book focusses on Natalya, a German citizen that was born in Russia. Through living amongst the changes and atrocities, she is drawn into the resistance group of like-minded individuals in hopes that they can help fight back. I enjoyed the plot, the pace, and the suspense. There were definitely some nail-biting moments that had me glued to my seat, yet antsy to turn the page again and again to find out what would happen next! I love plots that take a bite out of real people, groups, or situations and creates a fantastic and believable tale that enthralls me from beginning to end. As far as characters go, Natalya was ok, but not as intriguing or magnetic as many I have read lately. However, she was still like able and did not detract from the book itself. I have read about the White Rose resistance group a few times, and it was great to dive into a book that shed more light on how it would have felt being part of the group itself. 4/5 stars