Monday, November 14, 2016

Review: The Girl from Venice

The Girl from Venice The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's been a long time since I read a book by author Martin Cruz Smith, and I remember mostly the Gorki Park kind. Fast paced violent thrillers, so this book was a complete surprise.

It's a war story, and a love story.
The end of WWII, the Germans are slowly retreating and the Allies are slowly entering Europe.

In Venice, a young Jewish girl escapes a raid where her parents are betrayed and killed. She swims across the lagoon and is rescued by Cenzo, a fisherman. He takes her to Pellestrina, the small island where he lives. In order to keep her safe he asks a friend, a partisan, to take her away so she can escape Italy, but they both disappear. So he goes to Salò, where the Fascist government is barely surviving, to search for her.

There's the dominant mother, the actor brother, a South American diplomat, many traitors, and some very unwholesome characters.
The language is beautiful, the dialogues almost surreal in parts.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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