sarah’s key.

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on July 8, 2011

in Reviews


Awhile back, Amy, Andi, Kayla, and I decided to start a virtual book club; our first selection was Sarah’s Key.  It is a dual viewpoint story of the Holocaust in Paris during World War II.

The book tells the story of Sarah, a young Jewish girl living in Paris in 1942.  Her family is arrested during the Vel’ d’Hiv roundup, but she encourages her brother to hide in a closest so the police don’t find him.  She leaves him behind with a promise of returning to rescue him soon.

Countering Sarah’s story is that of Julia, an American journalist living in Paris sixty years later.  She is assigned a story to investigate the roundup, an event that the Parisian population seems to pretend never happens.  In her research, she uncovers Sarah’s story and is determined to find out what happened to her and her family.  As she delves deeper, she uncovers secrets closely tied to her own family.

Sarah’s Key is a wonderful piece of historical fiction.  The narrative is so engaging and well-written that I didn’t want to  put the book down; I read the majority of the book in only a couple days.  Sarah’s story is absolutely heartbreaking and I empathized for Julia as she uncovered the dirty little secret not only of Paris, but of her own family.  About 2/3 of the way through the book, the alternating viewpoints stopped and the remainder was told solely from Julia’s perspective.  I really wish that de Rosnay had continued to write from both sides of the story as I wanted so badly to hear more of Sarah’s life.  If you haven’t read this story yet, I highly recommend it!

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Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt July 8, 2011 at 11:40 am

Great book review! I absolutely love histroical fiction so I’m going to put this on my Kindle To Read list!


Sarah @ goingongoals July 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Really good book! I agree, I wanted to hear more about Sarah’s life. When Sarah’s point of view dropped off, I kept double checking the beginning of chapter’s hoping her voice would come back!


Kacy July 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I loved Sarah’s Key! I read it last year and really want to re-read it, which is unusual for me.


Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields July 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I’m reading this now and just got to the point where Sarah’s story stops! I wish she would have kept it going too…


Cherylsm July 9, 2011 at 9:28 am

I love historical fiction. This sounds like a diffinate read.


Theresa @ This is my Hungry Face July 10, 2011 at 8:37 am

I had the same feeling when Sarah’s point of view stopped; I really wanted to hear more about her life. I really liked this book ,too!


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