Sarah’s Key

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I think it was last year [I say think since I don’t actually know when] I was sent a book called Sarah’s Key and whether it was due to the fact that I had other stuff on my plate at the time or just me forgetting about the book, I never read it.

I meant to. I honestly did. But then we moved and all of my books got packed up and Sarah’s Key was forgotten.

And then yesterday, Oliver weaseled his way into our room and started digging through my box of books.

I had to get to my dentist appointment and I didn’t have time to put the books away but I knew that I would probably end up sitting in the waiting room for a while so I grabbed the first book that I saw – the one that was on top of the pile: Sarah’s Key.

Once I got to the dentist, I opened up Sarah’s Key and started to read. I didn’t read the synopsis on the back so I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into.

Twenty pages later, when I was called into the back to get my teeth filled, I didn’t want to put the book down and I knew I was hooked.

Flash forward to 3am this morning and me ugly crying over this book. I read the entire book yesterday with little breaks so that I could get done with work and take care of the kids. I devoured the book.

The characters are well defined. The story is touching in a way that I wasn’t expecting to be touched. I can’t remember the last time that I cried like that over a book.

Sarah’s Key has two main characters – a little Jewish girl in Occupied France in 1942 and an American expatriate journalist who married a Frenchman.

This isn’t an “easy” read since it deals pretty heavily with the Holocaust but it is a great book and I highly, highly recommend it.

*I didn’t buy this book – it was sent to me and the link is an affiliate Amazon link. If you buy the book through that link, I’ll get like $.10 when you do. Same goes for the books that are in the sidebar.*



  1. Debbie Ferm says:

    I read the book and enjoyed it also. I have read a lot of books about the Holocaust but had never known of Vel D’hiv or France’s involvement in it. It seems you can never quite get the full scope of the tragedies that occurred during that time.

    I thought the book was great up until the point where the boy was found. I thought it deteriorated after that. Maybe because I really wanted a different outcome. Good to hear your thoughts on the book!

    • I think she had more story to tell and it got edited out for length. At least, that’s what it felt like to me.

      When it the boy got locked in the cupboard, I almost quit reading it.

      I saw The Orphanage a couple of years back and if you see the movie, you’ll understand why that part of the book was a VERY hard part for me to read.

      HIGHLY recommend The Orphanage to anyone who loves a horror movie in the classic sense – one that plays on the mind and isn’t all blood and guts.

      Wonderful movie but very upsetting.


  1. Amy Tucker says:

    @SharonDV I reviewed it a while back : http://bit.ly/dtePTg It really is really sad. But good. I don't know when the movie comes out.

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