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I was hoping to enjoy this book a little more than I did. While the writing was good, it was also a bit boring and there was something about it that was hard to hold my interest. Once you straighten out the Polish and Russian names and figure out what the NKVD is (There's a glossary in the back of the book that really helps!) the story starts to piece together.
The cover was my favorite part of this book, the two hands reaching out for each other in a murky background, is both mysterious and romantic.
Maria is a strong character, and I liked the exchanges between her and Tomek. Tomek is my favorite character from the book, he is working as a "silent unseen" which adds intrigue to his character. If I could change anything, it would be to give more personality to the characters, everything seems so dismal and dry and the settings and dialogue often made me nod off.