This book begins with a young journalist purchasing an antique typewriter (what’s that?) & she finds a bunch of letters stuffed inside. The letters were written between two sisters & exchanged during WWII. She then goes to Germany to find out what happened to the sisters because the letters had suddenly stopped.
The book then takes us on a journey throughout the sisters lives. One married a German officer. Does that also make her a Nazi? That’s what her sister is trying to find out. The other fights to be a journalist in a man’s world while moving throughout Europe.
I personally love any kind of historic book so Thynne had me hooked from the beginning with just that alone. But the story and presentation was so unlike any I had ever read before. And I’ve read a lot of books – and historical fiction books. Readers in The Words were shown both sides of WWII which I think is so interesting. It really made you think about how people must have felt that had loved ones living in Germany. And there were so many small little twists to the story that I didn’t see coming! Normally I read about 7-10 books at a time and read 5 chapters in each book cycling through each one. By the 2nd time I got to The Words I couldn’t put it down and I stayed up all night to finish it. I loved it that much!!!
Thank you so much to Random House for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. I recommend you grab your copy today (or at least preorder it). Copies download/ship on January 21st.
I definitely recommend The Words I Never Wrote and I’m going to be grabbing some more books by Thynne too. Have you read this book yet? What did you think?