Title: Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke
Author: Anne Blankman
Sequel to: Prisoner of Night and Fog
Date Started: May 9
Date Finished: May 15
Format: ebook from the digital library
It’s been two years since the events of Prisoner of Night and Fog and Gretchen and Daniel are living peacefully in England. Gretchen has found a loving family the Whitestones who have taken her in as one of their own and Daniel has found a job as a newspaper writer for a tabloid. But they’re both still haunted by what they witnessed in Germany two years ago and he is trying to tell someone about what is going on to no avail. However, things are about to change when he gets a telegram from his family and finds out his cousin has been gravely injured. He leaves right away for Germany, but as the days go by and Gretchen hasn’t heard from him she starts to worry that the worst has happened.
When she gets a telegram from Daniel’s boss telling her that he might be dead she does the only thing she can think of to do. She goes back to Germany to find him. It turns out that Daniel can’t leave Germany because he is wanted for murder and with the fire of the Reichstag everyone is under scrutiny. When Gretchen finds him, they have to clear his name before he can leave the country. Yet things aren’t always as simple as they seem…
I don’t know what’s going on lately, but the books that are on my most anticipated books list, seem to be disappointing me. This book was no exception. Don’t get me wrong, Conspiracy was a good read, but it kind of lacked the intrigue and interest in the characters from the first book. Daniel and Gretchen had a lot of relationship issues and I was really surprised that they lasted at all. Although there were still a few swoon worthy moments, it still lacked something. It briefly got interesting when Gretchen was captured and brought to Hitler, because he’s been haunting her dreams for years. But this huge moment was kind of delivered like a lazy punch and the ending was lackluster too. Everything falls into place and Daniel and Gretchen live happily ever after. Yawn.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. If you’re looking for historical accuracy this book has that in spades, I just felt a little disconnected from the characters this time around.
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