Book Reviews of Eva's Cousin

Eva's Cousin
ISBN-13: 9780345449061
ISBN-10: 0345449061
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
Wow. It's hard to describe this book or my feelings about it.

The Eva in the title is Eva Braun, Hitler's mistress-cum-wife who died with him in Berlin. Author Sibylle Knauss conducted interviews with Eva Braun's real-life cousin prior to writing this novel. While it is FICTION, Knauss's interviews with Getrude Weisker did provide inspiration for parts of this story.

I think that the majority of people can agree that Hitler was evil - no doubt in my mind. Yet there were people around him - i.e., Eva's cousin - who never committed any dastardly crime (although some could argue that sitting around doing nothing was a crime itself), but reveled in the luxuries that the elite of Nazi society enjoyed.

This book is both haunting yet enjoyable - if a book can be that way. One knows the history of the THird Reich, but this takes real and imaginary people and becomes a fictionalised historiography that makes fascinating reading. At times I felt sorry for Marlene, yet other times I wanted to reach trhough the pages and shake some sense into her.

An interesting book, worth reading. I hope the next reader will 'enjoy' it as much as I did -- it does make one think.
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Helpful Score: 1
In the summer of 1944, twenty-year-old Marlene is thrilled when her older,more glamorous cousin,Eva Braun,Aldoph Hitler's mistress, invites her to come to their Bvaraian mountian retreat. There Marlene finds herself in a world of opulence and imminent danger, of freedom and surveillance. But a clandestine mission of mercy will force Marlene to question her allegience to both her cousin and her country- and to face the chilling reality that exists outside her sheltered world.