Book Review: All the Broken Places

Are you ready to be taken on an emotional rollercoaster? Look no further than the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author John Boyne, All The Broken Places. This powerful and devastating tale will leave you reeling long after you turn the final page.

The story focuses on the life of 91-year-old Gretel Fernsby, who has lived a quiet and comfortable life in a well-to-do mansion block in London. Despite her past haunted by tumultuous memories, Gretel has kept her secrets tightly locked away. She didn’t talk about her escape from Nazi Germany when she was just 12 years old, nor did she speak of the grim post-war years in France with her mother. But most of all, Gretel never talked about her father, who served as a commandant in one of the Reich’s most notorious extermination camps.

Everything changes when a new family moves into the apartment below Gretel’s. She finds herself forming a bond with the little boy in the family, Henry. But as time goes on, Gretel witnesses a violent argument between Henry’s mother and father, causing her to confront her own past sins and decide whether to act.

Through powerful and vivid storytelling, Boyne transports us from Gretel’s girlhood in Germany to present-day London, giving us an unfiltered look into her painful past. All The Broken Places acts as a reminder that it is never too late to confront and atone for one’s past, even if it means sacrificing one’s comfort and security.

Not only does the novel tackle heavy themes of guilt and redemption, but it also has a remarkable ability to take the reader on a thrilling, emotional journey. John Irving, bestselling author of The World According to Garp, rightfully calls the novel “powerful.” Amy Bloom, author of In Love, calls it “exceptional, layered, and compelling…This book moves like a freight train.”

Boyne’s talent for weaving together complex characters and intricate storylines is on full display in All The Broken Places. The novel is both heartbreaking and deeply satisfying, leaving readers with plenty to think about long after they finish reading.

At 399 pages, the novel is a substantial read, but its gripping plot will keep you turning the pages until the very end. The language is clear and evocative, making it easy to become fully immersed in Gretel’s world. The enhanced typesetting and enabled text-to-speech features make the e-book version of the novel particularly accessible to all readers.

All The Broken Places is a must-read for anyone looking to be moved, inspired, and left in awe. Whether you’re a fan of John Boyne’s previous work or a first-time reader, this novel is an experience you won’t soon forget. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey with Gretel Fernsby and discover All The Broken Places that exist within us all.
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