Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 24 October 2022

All The Broken Places by John Boyne

Sequel to The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Ninety-one-year old Gretel Fernsby has lived in the same mansion block in London for decades. She leads a comfortable, quiet life, despite her dark and disturbing past. She doesn’t talk about her escape from Germany over seventy years before.

Then a young family moves into the apartment below her, In spite of herself, Gretel can’t help but begin a friendship with their son, Henry, though his presence brings back memories she would rather forget. One night, she witnesses a violent argument between Henry’s mother and his domineering father, one that threatens Gretel’s hard-won-self-contained existence.

Gretel is faced with a chance to expiate her guilt, grief and remorse and act to save a young boy – for the second time in her life. But to do so, she will be forced to reveal her identity to the world. Will she make a different choice this time, whatever the cost to herself?

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