Inherit the Dead.
Booklist Reviews 2013 September #1
Jacob survives Bergen-Belsen, in part because of his vow to kill the SS guard who beat his younger brother to death. Resisting recruitment to go fight to establish Israel, he returns to Heidelberg, his pre-Nazi home and also the home of his brother's murderer. In Berlin, Sarah, who has managed to hide from the Nazis for three years, is raped by a Russian soldier when the Russians take the city. She too has vowed to go to Heidelberg, the place where she and her missing lover agreed to meet if they were separated. The only Jews in Heidelberg, Jacob and Sarah meet and fall in love, but Jacob's vow to avenge his brother threatens to destroy their chance for happiness. Fletcher, formerly NBC News' Tel Aviv bureau chief and author of The List (2011), has crafted a moving love story, a vivid portrait of a devastated and chaotic Germany immediately after the war's end, and a remarkably insightful look into the minds of two survivors of the Holocaust. Fletcher's style is spare and graceful, and it enhances the power of this small gem of a novel. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.
PW Reviews 2013 August #2
As he did in his first novel, The List, NBC news correspondent and National Jewish Book Award–winner Fletcher explores the experiences of Jews in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust in this engrossing, if unsettling, thriller. Jacob Klein survives the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, but was unable to save his younger brother, Maxie, from death at the hands of an SS guard, Hans Seeler. At a medical facility where Jacob is being treated after his liberation in April 1945, he's dumbfounded to see Seeler, who gets away. Sustained by his desire for revenge, Jacob joins a group of Jews who are also seeking Nazis to execute. Their quest alternates with the story of Sarah Kaufman, who survived the war in Berlin (and whose sister was a schoolmate of Jacob's sister), but finds that she still must struggle to stay alive after a Russian soldier brutalizes her. The taut prose and multidimensional protagonists help make this a page-turner. Agent: Carol Mann, Carol Mann Agency. (Oct.)[Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC