Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff

About the book

Nineteen-year-old Emma Bau has been married only three weeks when Nazi tanks thunder into her native Poland. Within days Emma’s husband, Jacob, is forced to disappear underground, leaving her imprisoned within the city’s decrepit, moldering Jewish ghetto. But then, in the dead of night, the resistance smuggles her out. Taken to Krakow to live with Jacob’s Catholic cousin, Krysia, Emma takes on a new identity as Anna Lipowski, a gentile.
Emma’s already precarious situation is complicated by her introduction to Kommandant Richwalder, a high-ranking Nazi official who hires her to work as his assistant. Urged by the resistance to use her position to access details of the Nazi occupation, Emma must compromise her safety–and her marriage vows–in order to help Jacob’s cause. As the atrocities of war intensify, so does Emma’s relationship with the Kommandant, building to a climax that will risk not only her double life, but also the lives of those she loves.

Reviewed by White Lion

We thought this book a crass treatment of a sensitive subject; appallingly edited and overall we are unable to understand how it came to be on the book club list. Three people enjoyed its ‘light read’ quality.
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1 thought on “Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff”

  1. Reviewed by Stubbington Bookends
    Most enjoyable read, built up the tension well. Very believable in most cases, but was never going to have a happy ending.
    Star rating ***


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