I can’t remember where I heard about Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse, but I’m glad I did. I know already it will be on my list of my favorite reads of 2019.
From the publisher:
The bestselling, “gripping” (Entertainment Weekly), “powerful” (Hypable), “utterly thrilling” (Paste.com) winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery, perfect for readers of Kristin Hannah and Ruta Sepetys.
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 novel about bravery, grief, and love in impossible times.
Girl in the Blue Coat is very well-written, with great tension and suspense throughout. Each character, and the time and place felt very real.
I thought Hanneke’s inner journey of self-discovery and outer journey of uncovering the reality of the atrocities around her were very believable. The twists were great with an ending that left me emotionally conflicted.
If you’re a fan of historical fiction, particularly novels set during World War Two, you’ll love Girl in the Blue Coat.