The End of the Line by Sharon E. McKay

The End of the Line by Sharon McKay is the story of Beatrix and her survival during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam.  The actions of several people aid in keeping her hidden from the Nazis over three years.

Mrs.vos is my favorite character.  She is introduced as a crotchety old lady, but soon becomes a beloved grandmother figure for Beatrix.  She is responsible for helping her stay hidden, she uses a little “I know what you don’t want others to find out” to keep the neighbors from telling on Beatrix, Hans and Lars.  I have heard stories of people doing their best to be human in a time of horrific events.  Lars and Hans do not listen to the horrors the Nazis are inflicting until they meet Beatrix, then the war becomes real for them.  There is secrecy.  There is distrust between neighbors.  There are people being taken from their homes never to return.

The End of the Line is full of twists and turns.  There are times Beatrix seems safe, then in the blink of an eye she is in danger of being caught.  I am giving this book five stars because of the story line, the characters that pulled me in, and the hope I was left feeling upon completing the book.   I am recommending this book to anyone who is looking for a book about the trials a little Jewish girl and some strangers that took a chance faced during WWII.

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