Review: Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen

Playing with FirePlaying with Fire by Tess Gerritsen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have always loved reading Tess Gerritsen books because of the mystery and suspense. When I saw the synopsis of this book, it seemed like it was a little different from her other books as far as subject matter. I also am very interested in music and World War II. I’m not sure why I have an interest in such a gruesome time in our history but I tend to gravitate towards books about them. This book combines WWII, music, mystery, and suspense which makes it a hit in my book. I really loved this story; the intertwining of the music, history, and love story was so riveting. I also loved how she explained at the end how she came about writing this story. It’s always nice to get that kind of insight as to what drives an author to write a particular story. I love the fact that the music that is played in this book is available to listen to. It makes the reading experience much more in depth and helps to put you in the time and moment.

With the state of the world today, this book is extremely pertinent. It’s about the persecution of Jews by the Nazis, how they were discriminated against by everyone, the fear that everyone felt if they were seen even talking to a Jew. The back and forth from the present and past was wonderful to read as well because things that happen, have infinite repercussions. You never know what could happen with something that seems so innocuous to you at the time. It could have a huge impact on the future that you couldn’t possibly fathom.

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