The Berlin Girl by Mandy Robotham. (2020).
**4 out of 5 stars**
Berlin, 1938. Germany is on the brink of war. When fledgling reporter Georgie is posted to Berlin alongside fellow Londoner Max Spender, she knows they are entering the eye of the storm. Arriving to a city covered in red flags and crawling with Nazis, Georgie feels helpless. As tensions rise, she realises she and Max have to act even if it means putting their lives on the line. But when she digs deeper, Georgie begins to uncover the unspeakable truth about Hitler’s Germany – and the pair are pulled into a world darker than she could ever have imagined…
What I really enjoyed about this novel was the fact that it only concentrated on Berlin in the year before World War II; this felt like a much different time and location viewpoint to the other historical war fiction novels I’ve read. It is harrowing to know the horrific events that are to come, so reading along you are filled with tension knowing that war is inevitable. The main character, Georgie, is a likeable lead; she’s an independent and intelligent young woman who has been thrown in the deep end of journalism. One of the things that stood out to me in relation to this book is that there while there are allusions to romance, there is no significant romance storyline which is unusual in a historical war fiction with a female lead (I point this out as I know some readers particularly appreciate minimal or no romance).
Overall I found this to be a well-written and interesting story that I think any reader who enjoys historical war fiction would appreciate.