Lindas Book Obsession Review of “The Girl From Berlin” by Ronald H. Balson St. Martin’s Press, Oct. 2, 2018
Ronald H. Balson, Author or “The Girl From Berlin”, has written an intense, edgy, captivating, intriguing, suspenseful, page turning and riveting novel. This is the fifth Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart novel, but can be read as a stand only. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Suspense , Mystery with some Historical History Background.
The author describes some of his colorful characters as complex and complicated. Catherine and Liam are asked to do a favor for a friend, and check out his Aunt’s claim of property disputes in Italy. The Aunt will lose her home and land if something isn’t done. There is a legal question of deeds, contracts and dates of land ownership. When there is in adequate information, loss books of information , attempted arson and a dead body, this is becoming a dangerous quest.
Upon further investigation, Catherine and Liam realize this goes back to Germany and a young girl by the name of Ada Baumgarten , an accomplished first chair violinist in Berlin. There is a journal in their possession that shows that Ada was Jewish, and the timing is around Hitler’s uprising, and World War Two. How does this affect the aunt’s property in Italy? Who are the big corporations fighting to evict her, and why? How does this become an international matter?
I loved everything about the story, and especially was touched by Ada’s story. I highly recommend this novel to readers that enjoy a suspenseful mystery. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.