Sarah’s Key is a fictional book depicting the dark Summer of 1942 in France when French Jew’s were arrested during The Holocaust. Part of this book revolves around a 10 year old girl named Sarah who is arrested with her family during the round-up. Just before being forced from her home by the French police, the girl hides her brother in a secret cupboard in their home. After leaving with her parents and being taken to the Vélodrome d’Hiver, her only mission is to fulfill her promise to her little brother and come back for him.
Now while all this is going on with Sarah, the book also comes back and forth to a French journalist 60 years later doing research on the Vélodrome d’Hiver who comes to find that her husband’s family is somehow connected to that horrifying day in 1942.
Without giving anything away (because you simply must read it), I’ll tell you that the two separate stories intertwine and tell a dark and impacting story. It took me longer than usual to get through the first 4-5 chapters of this book, mostly because the heaviness of the events and knowing that this really happened. Man – this was a tough book to get through, but it was well worth it.
I would definitely recommend Sarah’s Key. There was maybe 2 or 3 swear words and some dramatic scenes depicted from The Holocaust, so just know that going in. But overall – you should probably put this on your “Books-to-Read” list immediately.
If you have read this book already, I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts on the last half of the book. If you haven’t read it, let me know what you’re reading now and how you are liking it. Leave a comment either way, can’t wait to hear from you!