What we solely know from Catherine Hokin

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What we only know from Catherine Hokin is a wonderful, heartbreaking novel with two timelines that will consume you if you “go through” the storyline.

The novel takes place between 1936 and 1947 in Germany, mainly in Berlin, and between 1971 and 1990 in England. Chapters alternate, as do the voices that tell the story.

The horrors of the Jewish people in Nazi Germany range from waves in 1936 to full-blown horrors. Cruelty knows no bounds. One scene hit me particularly deeply when it played out before my eyes.

The Second World War had an impact on life and also had an impact on life years later. A crucial moment created a character that was stuck forever and hovered in time in a moment. No amount of love or care could bring the character forward.

Parents' lives affect their children. Spirits of the past hover in the present.

Catherine Hokin wrote a wonderful novel with realistic, believable characters who were personable. My heart went into lives damaged by war experiences.

It was hard for me to see how those who did terrible terror and cruelty lived a completely normal life after the war.

The novel is about learning to understand how experiences shape us and guide our steps. It's about learning to love and realizing why certain actions have been performed.

Catherine Hokin is a new author for me and I want to read everything she has ever written! What we only know consumed me while reading. I feel robbed, it's over now.

JULIA WILSON

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