BOOK REVIEW: Black Roses – by Jane Thynne

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Title: Black Roses
(Berlin Series #1)
Author: Jane Thynne
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
First published: February 2013
Finished reading: October 14th 2014
Pages: 471
Rating 1,5

“Perhaps, he thought, there was some strange satisfaction to be derived from confining savage animals here, given that the savagery outside this place was the kind that couldn’t be confined.”

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I am SO disappointed with Black Roses. I even came to the point that I was about to DNF it, and I practically NEVER leave a book unfinished. I guess I probably decided to continue because the book was a gift and it just didn’t feel right not finishing it. But it sure felt like a waste of time. I normally love historical fiction novels. Especially when they are set during or between WWI and WWII. But this novel by Jane Thynne just couldn’t convince me. Sure, it shows she investigated the topic thoroughly and I don’t think she got the facts wrong. But the characters were so cliche and boring that I just couldn’t be bothered with what happened with them. And that for an English girl who is spying on the German female Nazi elite. Not recommended, unless you need an alternative for sleeping pills…

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The story is set in the Berlin of the year 1933, and Hitler is gaining power and influence. People around Europe are becoming worried and so is the English government. The young English actress Clara Vine is not aware of the dangers of Berlin. She decides to escape to Germany to follow her acting dream and unwillingly gets involved with some of the elite Nazi wives. Among them is Magda Goebbels, and she seems to fully trust Clara. Just as the English actress doesn’t want to continue seeing the Nazi wives, she meets an undercover agent working for British intelligence. Leo sees the true potential of her ‘friendship’ with Magda and the others, and asks her to become a spy.

Clara is not convinced at all, since it will not only ask for all of her acting skills, but also means that she will have to continue dating the Nazi Officer Muller. But when she finds out that her grandmother is actually a Jew, she is determined to do whatever she can to help the British intelligence. Soon she is in more trouble than both Leo and herself would have hoped as Magda Goebbles reveals an enormous secret… Magda asks for her help, and even though Clara knows that was is asked of her is extremely dangerous, she agrees to do it. And those actions do have consequences…

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Like I said before, I expected so much more of Black Roses. The entire novel has been a huge disappointment, and I definitely don’t recommend it. There are a lot of great historical fiction novels out there, and this is not one of them. It is such a shame, since the story had so much potential…

13 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: Black Roses – by Jane Thynne

    • Trust me, I had to practically force myself to continue… I don’t like not finishing books, especially when I’ve read at least half of it already. It’s such a shame this story turned out to be so disappointing since I was really looking forward to it.

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    • The storyline itself is interesting and the facts seem well investigated, but the characters ruined Black Roses for me… I think I would have preferred reading the facts non fiction style.

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  1. Shame it didn’t live up to expectations. I’ve been trying to train myself to be able to give up on books if they don’t grab me – I used to always finish them no matter what, but now, well, there’s so many other books out there…

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    • I can totally agree with that; there are way too many good books out there… I’ve been trying to DNF more if I really don’t like it, but so far I’ve had no luck. 😉

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