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Pub Date Jul 30 2024 | Archive Date Aug 20 2024

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International bestselling author Mandy Robotham returns with a brand new tale set in war-torn Germany.

The war is over. But there are still secrets to be found amidst the ashes . . .

Hamburg, 1946

The war is over, and Germany is in ruins. Posted to an Allied-run Hamburg, reporter Georgie Young returns to the country she fled seven years prior – at the onset of the conflict – to find it unrecognisable.

Amongst the stark horrors of a bombed-out city crumbling under the weight of millions of displaced souls, she discovers pockets of warmth: a violinist playing amidst the wreckage, couples dancing in the streets, and a nation trying to make amends.

Joining forces with local detective Harri Schroder to catch a killer targeting women on the city’s streets, curiosity draws Georgie deep into the dark underbelly, and she soon discovers that some secrets of war did not die with Hitler…

The next gripping and heart-wrenching historical fiction novel from international bestseller, Mandy Robotham.

Readers love Mandy Robotham:

Evocative and emotive, a real must-read. Both harrowing and very moving. I couldn’t put it down’ Real Reader Review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I really liked the crime element in the story. This book will stay with me. Great writing – very poignant and heart-wrenching’ Real Reader Review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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‘Another excellent novel by Mandy Robotham! A thriller with a dash of historical fiction. It was very well written, and she had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through’ Real Reader Review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘An informative, compassionate read of historical fiction. Highly recommended’ Real Reader Review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

International bestselling author Mandy Robotham returns with a brand new tale set in war-torn Germany.

The war is over. But there are still secrets to be found...

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As an ARC reader diving into "The Hidden Storyteller" by Mandy Robotham, I found myself immersed in a hauntingly vivid portrayal of post-war Germany. As the authors narrative skillfully weaves together the devastation of a bombed-out Hamburg with the resilience of its inhabitants. Georgie Young's return to a country she fled during the war sets the stage for a captivating exploration of loss, redemption, and the lingering shadows of secrets.

What struck me most was the authors ability to evoke the atmosphere of the time period, painting a picture of a city struggling to rebuild amidst the rubble. The characters, particularly Georgie and Detective Harri Schroder, are intricately drawn, each grappling with their own demons as they navigate the murky aftermath of war.

The mystery at the heart of the novel adds an extra layer of intrigue, drawing me deeper into the narrative as Georgie and Harri race to uncover the truth behind a series of gruesome murders. But it's not just the whodunit aspect that kept me turning pages; it's the way Robotham uses the investigation as a lens through which to explore the complexities of guilt, betrayal, and the human capacity for both good and evil.

Overall, "The Hidden Storyteller" is a gripping and thought-provoking read that left me eagerly anticipating Mandy Robotham's next offering. Fantastic read. I can't wait for the next one. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review.

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This is a well-written murder mystery set in post-WW II germany. The location is Hamburg, right after the war. Destruction is everywhere and, it just so happens, a serial killer is on the loose. The setting, and premise is not unique but, in the hands of Mandy Robotham the novel beomes well-worth reading.

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This was a really well done historical fiction novel, it had everything that I was looking for from a war-torn Germany. The characters were everything that I was looking for and thought it worked with the time-period overall. Mandy Robotham has a great writing style and enjoyed how realistic it was.

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Thank you NetGalley for giving me the chance to read this book ahead of time in exchange for a review. It didn't disappoint! Must read!!

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The Hidden Storyteller was an epic tale of journalist, Georgie Young who went from England to Hamburg, Germany to tell the story of the aftermath of Hitler's reign.

There had been three women murdered and Georgie teamed up with detective Harri Schroder to solve the mystery. She had two helpers: a woman named Zofia and a street person named Meta. Zofia helped with translation and Meta helped with identifying the murderer.

They figured out that the man responsible for the deaths was selecting his victims from a dance. So they all suited up and went. It was also known that there was a particular fragrance, petrouli, that he wore. At first they found a man that they thought was the right one. But it turned out to be not the case. One thing they knew for sure was that his name was Martin Sexton. They just didn't know if he was German or British.

Then one day Georgie left her hotel and she ended up in a blizzard. She was headed for a particular cafe but she was blinded by the snow. In her disorientation a man showed up and told her he would take her to safety. It turned out to be Martin Sexton and he knew all about her.

It was truly a brilliant saga. The author took the reader from instance to instance with a deft hand. At first I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but before long it picked up and I was hooked. I was impressed with the way the characters were developed and the story was really easy to follow. All in all, I'd say this was a winning book. I gave it five stars.

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Readers who enjoyed the Berlin Girl will loved this story featuring English reporter Georgie Young. Loved following the story of her as she returns to war torn Hamburg after the war. Reporting the aftermath of the war on the survivors, Georgie teams up with Harri Schroeder, head of the criminal unit to help solve the murders of several women. I found the story realistic as well as heartfelt. Recommended!

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