Thursday, July 5, 2012

Favorites from "Edited for Death"

Edited for Death had a lot to like about it, but I have to say that my favorite part of the book was the history aspect. I had heard about the artworks and valuables stolen from Jewish families and even German sympathizers previous to reading this book, but Drier really brought the issue to life. 

I enjoyed how Drier was able to take her factual research and blend it with a fictional setting so easily. It was more than just adding a few details about the senator being in the military during WW2. The complexity of the senator's history, the fellow soldier who knew his secret, and the Jewish survivor looking to set things right created a web of mystery that really had depth. 

The frightening events of WW2 weren't focused on to the point of making the story depressing, but there was just enough coverage of the war (through flashbacks) that you got a good sense of what the soldiers and families were going through. It truly helped the reader relate to the characters and become invested in their lives.