Monday, February 10, 2014
The Tulip Eaters by Antoinette van Heugten
How far would you go to find your infant daughter? Would you travel back in time to where painful memories and hidden, harrowing truths lurk? That is what Nora de Jong is forced to do after she returns home one day to find her mother murdered; her baby, Rose, missing; and an unknown man dead on the floor, still clutching a Luger. After getting nowhere with the local authorities, Nora launches her own investigation, willing herself to finally confront her family’s painful, long-concealed WWII legacy, which seems to have a lot to do with the current horrors. When she finds an old, locked metal box in her parent’s attic, much is revealed, including the fact that the dead man was no stranger. In a gripping journey of lies, betrayal, and heartbreak—and an absorbing chase from beginning to end—best-selling author and former international trial lawyer van Heugten (Saving Max, 2010) creates a spellbinding tale of motherly love and family secrets that will keep readers up late into the night. --Booklist - Carissa Chesanek
My Thoughts - Ms Heugten opens that book with two of the most horrifying things that could ever happen to a parent and child. Nora loses both her mother and daughter at the same time - her mother is dead and her daughter is missing. With no where to turn - Nora begins to look to her mother's past to solve the mystery.
Because I like historical novels, I was attracted to this book about the Netherlands during the German occupation during World War II. Many horrific things happened in Netherlands and Anneke's story is filled with conflict and sorrow that Nora finds out one piece at a time as she looks for her infant daughter.
Many mysteries are solved by the end of story we learn something about the Netherlands during the telling.