The Rabbit Girls by Anna Ellory

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book was provided to me by NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The letters that are discovered by Miriam were, of course, such an integral part of this story, but they were also my favorite.⠀I loved how they drew you back in time and pulled you into the lives of the women in the letter.

How I Felt: I said earlier that the letters were my favorite, but they were also my undoing. I cried, a lot. These stories just broke my heart. I also felt a bit misled by the title of the book. The Rabbit Girls implied that this book would be more about the Rabbit Girls that were used as guinea pigs by the Nazi’s. They were in the story line, but I felt that they were more a supportive character than the main focus of the book.

To Read or Not To Read: This is a To Read for anyone who likes to read books surrounding the Holocaust. There are some descriptions of infant death that made me put the book down for a bit to compose myself, so a warning about that.⠀Additionally, this is a story surrounding Auschwitz and another concentration camp. It has very descriptive parts that might be too difficult for some readers to get through.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Miriam has just left her mentally and physically abusive husband to care for her very ill father. She discovers a numbered, Auschwitz tattoo on his wrist and is shocked and confused to learn her father is a holocaust survivor. She had never known anything about this and cannot ask her father as he is in an almost comatose state. ⠀

She begins to dig in closets and drawers for more information and finds an old women’s camp uniform with letters sewn into the hems. As she reads these letters addressed to her father, she begins to unlock the secrets of his past. ⠀

This story is really centralized on the things happening to Miriam in 1989. The letters, the writer, and the women in the stories within the letters, help her to find herself again.


Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for providing this book to me in exchange for my honest review.

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