Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion. On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman's frantic plea to find a person-a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action. Beautifully written, intricately plotted, and meticulously researched, Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinary, gripping novel about bravery, grief, and love in impossible times.
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"Natalia Payne's flat narration captures the detached emotions of 18-year-old Hanneke. In occupied Amsterdam, Hanneke carefully distances herself from the clients for whom she provides black market goods. When an elderly widow asks her to find a Jewish girl in a blue coat, reticent Hanneke is plunged into a mystery that soon involves her with a resistance group. Experiencing Nazi brutality, she relives past hurts, grief, and regrets, making the reasons for Payne's emotional remove clear and contrasting Hanneke's personality with the increasingly violent setting. At the peak of the horror, Hanneke's honesty emerges, and Payne's reading becomes more emotional. Suzanne Toren's authoritatively voiced author's notes follow, as well as a conversation with the author, narrator, and editors. S.W. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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