Not a bad first effort at producing a fast-paced wartime tale about life inside a Nazi concentration camp. Keith has obviously done her homework in trying to recreate the tumultuous background necessary for appreciating this wartime drama. Life in Holland, where Marijke and Theo, active members of the Dutch Resistance, lived before Germany invaded, is unmistakably a war zone; Buchenwald, the main camp where she will be a prisoner for two years, is one nasty hell hole where inhumanity reigns supreme. While there is a possible compelling story here, albeit not of the magnitude of “Sophie’s Choice”, Keith just doesn’t do enough to make it compelling. I found it hard to understand why Marijke, separated from her loving husband, would become a camp whore in order to survive, and then develop a relationship with her rapist, SS Muller, only to return to Theo’s embrace at the end. Nothing in her character, as a resistance fighter, prepared me for this paradoxical development other than she might be desperate and lonely, and tragedy has been visited on her as a matter of fate. Keith very handily dispatches with her indiscretions by reuniting Marijke and Theo after the war, with nary a mention, while her craven tormentor slinks away, with a dark, dirty secret to Argentina where justice will ultimately catch up with him. In the end, I am left wondering who this story is really about, and is Keith guilty of extending the plot line in order to close the circle. Neglecting character development needed to explain their difficult choices makes for a very dissatisfying and disjointed read in places.