“Secrets Revealed” by Roberta Kagan is the second book in her “Proud To Be A Jew Series” set in post WWII Warsaw, Poland. I downloaded this one as an ebook on my Kindle for my “Around The World In 80 Books” reading challenge. Though I didn’t read the first book in the series before diving into “Secrets Revealed,” I didn’t feel completely out of the loop either. (Which was nice!)
The first thing I’m going to say about this story was that I liked it. It was a novella (I think all the books in the series are) and used the method of “flashbacks” throughout the story so you could piece together who was who and why that character was important. Because of that, some of the story is told in a post World War II setting and the flashbacks are set during the war. The jumps weren’t confusing or hard to follow and the more I read the more I was drawn into the story. That said, I did feel that the writing wasn’t as professional as most of the books I read, but it wasn’t awful either. After the first few chapters, I found the plot so interesting I was able to overlook the writing style and simply enjoy the story. There’s something captivating and powerful about novels set during the Great War and though this wasn’t the best one I’ve ever read, it did move me and portray the suffering of the Jews accurately.
Conclusion: If you’re wanting a quick read with a WWII setting that’s meaningful but not too deep, “Secrets Revealed” just might be the story you’re looking for. Because I was reading this novella for my reading challenge, I really enjoyed the information on Warsaw and what happened to both the Jews and Poles when Hitler took over. There was a lot of history mentioned in the book – and I love learning through stories! For a novella, I felt that the characters were well developed, especially Oskar, who watched the Nazi murder his parents. I would recommend reading the series in order for a better understanding of the characters and setting, but all in all, I think this was a good book and I wasn’t disappointed. It was a good story!