Book Review: THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES by @kristinharmel Harmel
Genre: Historical Fiction
In 1942, Eva worked with the Resistance as a document forger to help fellow Jews escape Nazi-occupied France. Decades later, she’s shocked when she spots the book she dubbed “The Book of Lost Names” in a newspaper article. Within the pages of this book, she used the Fabinacci sequence as part of a secret code to record the real names of all the Jewish children so they’d never forget their true identities.
Based on true stories about forgers and alternating between the past and the present, this was another fascinating, immersive, and unique story about WWII. I enjoyed learning about the document forgers (and couldn’t help but wonder if I’d be good at it) and, of course, there was a touch of romance too. The unexpected ending made me tear up.
“[Those] who realize that books are magic… will have the brightest lives.”
Location: Paris, France