Friday, August 31, 2018

Review - Her Hidden Life by V.S. Alexander

Title: Her Hidden Life
Author: V.S. Alexander
Pages: 400
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: 3rd May 2018


It’s 1943 and Hitler’s Germany is a terrifying place to be.
But Magda Ritter’s duty is the most dangerous of all…

Assigned to The Berghof, Hitler’s mountain retreat, she must serve the Reich by becoming the Führer’s ‘Taster’ – a woman who checks his food for poison. Magda can see no way out of this hellish existence until she meets Karl, an SS officer who has formed an underground resistance group within Hitler’s inner circle.

As their forbidden love grows, Magda and Karl see an opportunity to stop the atrocities of the madman leading their country. But in doing so, they risk their lives, their families and, above all, a love unlike either of them have ever known…

My Review:

 *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Avon Books UK and NetGalley*

 Magda Ritter is a young woman living in a Germany that is at war. Magda's parents send her to live with her aunt and uncle, away from the Allied bombings in Berlin. Magda soon finds herself with a job on Hitler's staff, working as a taster at Hitler's mountain retreat, the Berghof.
Life at the Berghof is a hidden escape from the horrors of the war. At first. But Magda becomes tangled with assassination attempts, romance with a SS officer and hidden horrors of the war.
With a job that literally means Magda must put her life on the line every day, any moment could be her last.
How far will Magda go to survive?

The premise of Her Hidden Life really intrigued me.
I have mixed feelings about Magda. She had lots of horrible things happen to her but I found some of her reactions and thoughts questionable.
The plot was interesting, mainly because of the period that the book is set in.
I wasn't a big fan of the romance. They didn't know each other that well and I would have preferred it to be a slow burner.
The writing style wasn't one of my favourites but it suited the story. However, there were parts where it could have flowed better and there were times where I lost interest.
There were a few places where details were repeated which I thought was unnecessary as I remembered them from the first time they were mentioned.
I'm disappointed that I didn't enjoy this more.

Overall this was an okay read.

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