Friday, 21 August 2015


Unravelled by Anna Scanlon 

"No one heard us. They decided not to, to turn their heads away.
It was too much to bear. Too much to know. Too hard to swallow. 
But now that the world knows, now that the world has heard, 
it all seems so simple, so easy to defray. 
I screamed and no one heard. 
Next time, will you be listening?"

I read this book after reading a review by the lovely Jennifer, and also because it was free on kindle, and written by another blogger. Free is always good, right?

But anyway, this was another book I struggled to put down. I must admit, it started off slowly but after reading 20%, I was hooked. This book tells the story of a Hungarian, jewish family and their horrific experiences during WW2. It's mostly horrific because this family are sent to Auschwitz, where the family is broken up and the book follows the life of the daughter, Aliz, who also happens to have twin.

Aliz and her twin aren't sent to die immediately, like most other children, but are experimented on by the Germans. Some of the imagery described is heartbreaking, and although this book is fictional, it really is a powerful storyline. Aliz actually survives Auschwitz and is sent to America to live with the only family members she has left, but is psychologically scarred by what she has experienced. 

Unravelled addresses so many themes such as discrimination, separation and loss (to name a few), and really does offer some historically accurate insight into what happened at Auschwitz. I know I was left feeling grateful to have been born much, much later.

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