I read this book in three days. It was impossible to put down, I had to find out what happened. The setting of the novel takes place in France and jumps between 1942 and a period sixty years later. There are two main characters: Sarah and Julia.
I really enjoyed reading this book because it taught me about the roundup of Jewish families in France, which is something I had little knowledge about.
On July 16th 1942 an event that is now called the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup took place. Sarah lives through it and Julia is researching it for the anniversary.
The concept of Sarah's Key is that Sarah hid her younger brother away in a closet the day the French police came to take her and her family away, she kept the key to the closet hidden and promised to make her way back to rescue her brother.
This is a gripping tale! You want to know what happens to Sarah and her family as they are taken different places and split up, you also want to know what happens to her brother, as well as where Julia's research will take her and what the big secret she uncovers is and what ultimately happens to Sarah. With all these questions forming in your head, you just cannot put the book down because you are filled with so many emotions you need to keep reading to know if everything turns out ok.
If anyone enjoys reading these types of books, and can handle mentions of the horrible events that took place in WWII then I suggest reading this book! It is amazing and the author is an excellent writer.
This truly is a powerful novel!
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? Are there books like this that you would recommend?
P.S. I chose to re-upload this book review on this date specifically because it is Remembrance Day here in Canada and I thought this was a fitting book to tie in with remembering the brave men and women who fought and still fight for this country and the freedoms we get to enjoy as Canadians. I am proud to be a Canadian and I am proud of our Veterans! Wear your Poppy's!
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