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March Book Club Review - Orphan Monster Spy

16th March 2018

With her mother dead and father gone, orphan Sarah finds herself in a terrifying game of hide-and-seek with German soldiers, unprepared to show any mercy to a Jewish child. And just when she thinks she is safe... her hiding place is discovered.

But the man who finds her is not a soldier, in fact, Sarah isn't sure who he is. All she knows is that he is her key to safety, and she will do anything to stay with him - after all, she has nothing left to lose, and everything to gain.

Sarah soon discovers there is much more to her finder than first meets the eyes. With a little bit of snooping in his house, a spark of something much bigger is fused, and Sarah becomes embroiled in the ultimate mission - to go undercover in a Nazi school for girls, and to befriend one of the most dangerous Nazis of all. 

But the girls of the NPEA Rothenstadt are far darker than Sarah could ever have imagined, and the Jewish spy must become one of them in order to beat them. In order to complete her mission she must mould herself into yet another monster, and risk losing herself entirely in the process.

With a dark and twisted plot, a strong female lead, and a backdrop steeped in history, Orphan Monster Spy contains everything that a great thriller should have and more. Author, Matt Killeen, keeps you guessing until the very end, and no matter how monstrous she becomes, Sarah remains utterly relatable. In a world that defies all sense of reason and morality, we are led to question our own actions, and just how far people should go to defend what is 'right'.

Orphan Monster Spy is a novel that will exhaust you, thrill you, and most of all make you think. If you read one novel this year, make it this one.

Here's what our Organisers thought about it:

'It's one of the BEST books I've ever read, I feel like I've got a film on pause and I can't wait to press play!' Vikki MacDonald

'All the characters in this book have stayed with me - as if they were real people. Sarah's encounters with each character and event were so intense that I felt there was no time in between to breathe. It made me feel that the urgency and intensity of the times could make ordinary people do extraordinary things.' Dionne Lakey

'From the first page your heart is racing with the suspense of what is about to happen. The characters are very powerful and it leaves you wanting to find out more. A total binge read!' Nicky Powell

'Breathtaking in every sense of the word. This book should be a GCSE set text.' Heidi Thomas

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