by: Charles Belfoure
Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn’t really believe in. Ultimately he can’t resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces—behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe—detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails horribly and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.
Written by an expert whose knowledge imbues every page, this story becomes more gripping with every life the architect tries to save.
Helen says: 🤓🤓🤓🤓
Friends have been telling me to read this book for years and I am so glad that I finally did. I get the hype! It was a pleasurable and readable book despite the serious subject matter. Some parts of the story are a little coincidental or far fetched, but just go with it. It is a novel- not a true story. A page turner for sure!
Holly says: 🤓🤓🤓🤓1/2
We are batting 1000 this month! Just a wonderful book, and an amazing story. Set in France during the Nazi occupation, this is a story of man’s greatest inhumanity to man, and many stories of humanity in the face of one’s own likely death. This book has it all – love, hate, genius, promise, loyalty, disloyalty, and bravery against all odds. When you think you have heard all the stories, this one will surprise you. At times hard to read because of the subject matter (I admit I had to skim some pages), but well worth the read. I highly recommend this one, my favorite in a month of exceptional reads.