“László told him he wouldn’t be free until he gave voice to his suffering. Silk shook his head. ‘Who says I’m suffering? I have a right to forget. A right to build myself a new life, a right to be happy. Your insistence that I talk, these calls to remember, they are a threat to my being: the man I am now, the man I have been since 1945.”
Her family was always complicated. It’s why Eva was closest to her grandfather: a charismatic painter – and a keeper of secrets. So when he dies, she’s hit by a greater loss – of the questions he never answered, and the past he never shared.
It’s then she finds the letter from the Jewish Museum in Berlin. They have uncovered the testimony he gave after his forced labour service in Hungary, which took him to the death camps and then to England as a refugee. This is how he survived.
But there is a deeper story that Eva will unravel – of how her grandfather learnt to live afterwards. As she confronts the lies that have haunted her family, their identity shifts and her own takes shape. The testament is in her hands.
Firstly, I would just like to say thank you so much to FMCM Associates for sending me a copy of this book. Going into it I didn’t know much about it and I’m glad I didn’t, this book is a story of discovery and I enjoyed discovering it along the way.
This book focuses on a Holocaust survivor who wants to erase his past, why? You’ll have to read more to find out. The self discovery of his grand-daughter whilst on the journey to find out her grandfathers past is the main focus within this book. What happened? Why has he lied to her all her life? Secrets, lies, a love triangle maybe?
I found that the character development was great within this, the author really takes care in creating characters that the reader will inevitably care about. I loved Eva, her relationship with her grandfather was wonderful. Her dad not so much, but I felt that pain. I felt what she was feeling throughout her journey of discovery. I also enjoyed moving to the past throughout the book and finding out further information about József’s past and what led him to the situation that he found himself in in the later stages of his life. I feel that this was a good idea and impactive to the reader. It is probably what kept me holding on with the book.
I enjoyed the premise of this book, it is something that I haven’t read about before and therefore found the idea endearing. The actual execution of it I struggled with. Whilst the writing style was beautiful, I struggled with it. I feel like this book could have been 100 pages less and maybe would have been a bit more enjoyable. I found myself skim reading the last 100 pages. I was invested to the point where I wanted to finish it but I wanted to do it quicker than I feel the book would allow.