Having read The Tattooist of Auschwitz , I was excited to see Heather Morris was releasing another story about a survivor entertwined with the saga of Lale and Gita Sokolov during their time at Auschwitz. We leave Lale and Gita at the end of The Tattooist of Auschwitz feeling like they were finally able to move forward with their lives and work towards a happy ending. In the first chapter of Cilka's Journey we find that although Cilka has been liberated from the horrors of a Nazi prison camp, she is far from getting her happy ending.
The writing is beautifully descriptive and Morris has a talent for putting the reader directly in the action. The reader can feel the bitter cold air and sense the emptiness in both Cilka's stomach and soul as she faces each day not knowing if she will survive. Cilka's Journey is a story of perseverance and strength of character in the face of an incredibly dismal situation.
Although I loved The Tattooist of Auschwitz , I believe Cilka's Journey surpasses it.
I received an Advanced Readers copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.