Monday, October 3, 2016

The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

Hanneke has become great at being just another girl in the crowd, one that soldiers don't notice as she passes them. This is exactly what is needed when her basket is full of materials that her boss is selling on Amsterdam's black market in 1943. Hanneke is good at her job even though it's not the secretarial work her parents think she's doing.

On her rounds, Hanneke hears all sorts of things from the clients she delivers to. Rumors about why some of her clients are not on her route any more, news about what businesses are being ordered to close down. Then there's the news she's trying to forget, the letter telling what happened to Bas, the boy she loved.

Hanneke doesn't get involved in her client's lives. She doesn't want the responsibility that comes with being anyone's friend or confidant. But, when one of the ladies on her route wants her to find a young Jewish girl who has gone missing from the hidden cupboard in her apartment, Hanneke finds she can't put the girl out of her mind so easily.

But, looking into the missing girl means searching for someone the soldiers want to find as well. The Girl in the Blue Coat is a very tense mystery where it's never clear who to trust or where to turn. Before taking up the search, Hanneke blinded her eyes to what was really happening to the neighbors who have gone missing since the Nazis took over her city, but looking for the girl will change that forever.

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