These are real comments from real book reviewers.

“Powerfully captures the atmosphere of Berlin on the verge of Nazi takeover, the elegance and cultural brilliance amid the decadence and sense of pending doom.”

– Library Journal (Starred Review)


– Publishers Weekly

“Riveting debut novel.”

– Boston Globe

“Grossman takes readers into a time machine and invokes the past in a masterful and authentic way.”

– Associated Press

“It’s a testament to how endearing the industrious Willi is that readers will find themselves wanting to shake him by the shoulders and tell him to wake up before it’s too late.”

– Washington Post

“Terrifying and worthy. Human nature has never looked so raw.”

– Kirkus (Starred Review)

– NPR: Top-Five Mystery of the Year, 2011

– Kirkus: Best Debut Fiction, 2011