Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Kristin Hannah has done it once again in her latest book The Nightingale. It tells the story of Vianne Mauriac and Isabelle Rossignol who are drawn into the horrors of World War II in France. Vianne is reserved and quiescent, a mother with a daughter and husband at the front. Isabelle is her rebellious and spirited younger hungry for a way to help drive the Nazis out of her beloved France and will stop at nothing to do this. As the story unfolds both will be forced to go to extraordinary lengths not just to help the war effort, but to survive their own private nightmares. This was both an easy and extraordinarily difficult book too read because the brutality that the characters had to survive was inexplicably horrific beyond imagination. The plot unfolds pulling the reader into the time period sparing no details of the misery experienced and the lengths that are taken to not only survive but to save others. If you enjoy Kristin Hannah's books this one is not to be missed. If she is anew author for you, get ready for a journey to the heart of what it means to be human, and to want to live.
Review by Karen