[Review] Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Title: Sarah's Key
Author: Tatiana de Rosnay
Genre: Contemporary/Historical Fiction
Subject: Jew - France - Paris, World War II (1939 - 1945), Family Secrets, German Occupation
Page: 294 pages
First Published: 2007

Early summer morning of 16 July 1942, Paris. A loud banging on the front door awoke the girl from her innocent dreams. She crept into her mother’s room. The mother, alarmed, answered the door. On the other side of the door, French police instructed them to pack their things up and follow them. The girl went back to her room, wanting to protect her younger brother, locked him inside their secret hiding place. “I’ll come back for you later. I promise.”  It was the horrifying  Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup (read more here).

Present day, Paris, 2002. Julia Jarmond, a forty-something journalist receives an assignment to investigate  the roundup in conjunction with its sixtieth commemoration. Little did she know at that time, what would transpire from the assignment would forever change and haunt many lives, including her own.

Let me just tell you this. I totally fell in love with this book! I, for one, am such a sucker for stories that have connections with the past. In the first half of the book, the story alternates between the lives of the girl – which was later revealed as Sarah Starzynski – and the present day Julia Jarmond. Despite the narration going back and forth between past and present, there is a sense of continuity in the flow of the plot that makes it easier to read. Each chapter is relatively short but enough to keep you turning the pages. It reads like historical fiction meets chic lit. In a good way.

And such a beautiful story, despite the difficult topic. You will learn how war and cruelty can affect someone’s life many many years down the road. I don’t really have any criticism on this one, it could probably be one of the best books I will read in 2011.


Nina B. said…
Interesting book. I haven't read this yet, but you review's got me really intrigued.

And thank you for agreeing with me, printed books rock!

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