Books about World War II are some of my favorite historic reads. I enjoyed The Tattooist of Auschwitz, so I looked forward to the sequel. Turns out I enjoyed Cilka’s Journey even more!
This books is obviously well researched, as the author’s detailing makes the story come alive. The book chronicles Cilka’s journey from a concentration camp to a prison camp in Siberia, where she’s sent after being charged with sleeping with the enemy and being a spy. It’s based on a factual person, though parts are fictionalized.
Prior to reading this book, I hadn’t read much about the prison camps for women. It was heartbreaking to read the horrors the women endured. The book is a clear picture of hope, friendship, and strength. I found the Author’s Note informative. I love stories that educate and entertain me, and this book certainly did both.
Trigger Warning: Rape
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and BookishFirst, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.