” Survival, Rosa, is all a matter of chance. Don’t worry, though – by now I can tell from the whistle of the bullets whether they’ll fall close by or far away.”
East Prussia, 1943. Hitler hides away in the Wolfsshanze – his hidden headquarters. The tide is turning in the war and his enemies circle ever closer.
Ten women are chosen.
Ten women to taste his food and protect him from poison.
Twenty-six year old Rosa has lost everything to this war. Her parents are dead. Her husband is fighting on the front line. Alone and scared, she faces the SS with nothing but the knowledge every bite might be her last.
Caught on the wrong side of history, how far is Rosa willing to go to survive?
I want to say a big thank you to the wonderful Race from Harper Fiction for sending me a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
The Women at Hitlers Table really intrigued me from the moment I found out about it. The era of Hitler is really popular in books at the moment, all of which are told in the view of Jewish people and the heartbreaking situation they found themselves within. When I realised that this book was actually in the view of German women, I knew I had to get my hands on this unique book. I haven’t read anything from this point of view before. Due to this I found it a really interesting read. I really enjoyed reading what the German’s thought at this time. It is easy to believe that they are all responsible for what happened however a lot of them were victims of Hitler too, but are seen as enemies because of their nationality.
This book is heartbreaking at times. German women and families losing their men to war, fighting for Hitler. Because they want to? No. Because they were made to. Themselves and their families lives were threatened. They had no choice. I feel like reading from this perspective really gave me another view of this era. A view that I had never considered before. Hitler and his people were such a small group of people, compared to the rest of society at the time. So many suffered in many different ways.
I really liked Rosa as a main character. I really built up a connection with her and could feel the emotions that she was feeling at any given time. Do I agree with some of her actions throughout this book. Certainly not. However I can understand why she did the things that she did and cannot blame her for them.
Whilst talking about characters, Ziegel had me hooked from start to finish. What was his motive? Even after finishing the book I am still not sure, he is still intriguing me since finishing and putting g the book down. I definitely didn’t trust him throughout and could feel myself shouting at Rosa through her interactions with him. The ending continued to confuse me and I still don’t think I will ever understand what his motive was.
I really like Rosella’s writing style. I feel like she really can grasp the reader and pull them into such a heart wrenching story. The only criticism I have with this book is that I feel that it ended too soon and the ending could have been explored a little better. I was left wanting further information in relation to what happened with other characters including the other women and even Ziegel. I feel like it was rushed. I really enjoyed this book so I just wanted that little bit more at the end for a bit of closure.
I would recommend this book and I am interested in reading more from this author and from this perspective. The author has done well with identifying this gap in the market.