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I have to admit that I began reading this book with a huge amount of trepidation. Would I be able to cope with the very emotive subjects covered being my biggest question. The answer was most definitely yes. There are times during the book where you do actually have to stop and remind yourself that, although you are reading a piece of fiction, the attrocities that take place in the book DID actually happen to innocent human beings. Although it seems strange to say that you enjoyed a book about such a difficult time in history, I really did and found it compulsive reading. I lost myself so much through the middle of the book, during the grandmother's recollections, that I actually came close to physically jumping when I came back to present day events as I'd forgotten that was the original part of the book! I enjoyed the grandmother's vampire plot too and thought that it didn't distract from the storyline - in fact it ended up, very cleverly, being the whole basis for the book. Jodi Picoult is an amazing storyteller herself with an excellent gift of making the reader understand situations from the point of view of all of her main characters, leaving you feeling sympathy for those whom you would assume were just monsters from the beginning of her book. In the book she says "sometimes words are not big enough to contain all the feelings you are trying to pour into them", but I think in this case she's done a fine job of it herself.

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