A City of Broken Glass

Written by Rebecca Cantrell
Review by Elena Maria Vidal

In this fourth installment in the Hannah Vogel series, Cantrell continues the adventures of the spy and journalist which dramatize the rise of Nazism in the years leading up to World War II.

Determined to stay out of trouble, Hannah has traveled to Poland to write a fluff piece, accompanied by her twelve year old son, Anton. However, she encounters some Jewish prisoners recently deported from Germany, among whom is Miriam, the wife of her old friend, Paul. When Hannah discovers that Paul’s toddler daughter has been left behind in a cupboard in Berlin, her new odyssey begins. Hannah soon finds herself captured by the Gestapo, only to be rescued by Lars, her former lover, who she thought had died in Russia. As she eludes the Nazis in the streets of Berlin, she finds that the city of her youth has been transformed into a place of dread and hopelessness. She is troubled by the anti-Semitic laws and does not think the persecution can get any worse, but in that she is mistaken.

With compelling characters and a narrative which makes it hard to put down, A City of Broken Glass combines romantic thriller with historical tragedy.