• by Steven Greenberg
  • Narrated by Mark Deakins
  • 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Every family holds to secrets, but some are far darker, reach deeper, and touch a rawer nerve than others.
Vanesa Neuman is the daughter of Holocaust survivors, and her childhood in the cramped intimacy of south Tel Aviv is shadowed by her parents' unspoken wartime experiences. The past for her was a closed book, until her father passed away. Vanesa must now unravel the mystery of the diary she has received - and the strange symbol within - at all costs.
From Jerusalem's Yad V'Shem Holocaust research center, to the backstreets of Prague, and into the former "paradise ghetto" of Theresienstadt, Vanesa's journey of understanding will reveal a darker family past than she ever imagined - a secret kept alive for over half a century.


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Mystery, suspense, intrigue!

It is really difficult to find a contemporary mystery. This book qualifies. I would also catalog it under thriller, suspense and even horror due to the nature of the subject matter.

I learned a ton from this book and even found myself doing research on certain subplots after I had finished.

Galerie was really well written, the pace was excellent and the narrator did a superb job.

Thank you Mr. Greenberg and Mr. Deakins for a first rate listen!

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- Adam

Nazi Horrors

Vanesa grows up in a house with three holocaust survivors, her mother, father, and grandfather. She also has an uncle who, though despised by the rest of her family, seems to be the only one capable of allowing Vanesa to express her feelings. She feels close to him. Her mother is a silent, solitary woman who is clearly not very stable after the horrors of the war. Her father is an angry, bitter man who despises his father for some unfathomable reason. Her grandfather is a broken, sad man who tolerates the abuse of his son.

Vanesa grows up not understanding her family dynamic but silently wondering what the unspoken and unfelt emotions are all about. She finally gets a chance at understanding when her father passes and she inherits a diary, of sorts, from him. This diary sends her headlong onto a quest to finally know why her family was so tormented by surviving the holocaust. Clearly, though, someone does not want her to know the secrets of her father’s diary. She is urinated on in Prague, then attacked at Theresienstadt, and finally kidnapped in a basement of horrors beyond her imagining. The horror comes home when she discovers just how her family is connected to the keeper of this dark secret.

Told mostly through the eyes of Vanesa’s estranged husband, there is a melancholy, forlorn quality to it as her husband describes seeing Vanesa for the first time and then falling in love with her and then, ultimately, being rejected by her as she is consumed with the need to understand what happened to her family all those years ago.

This is a wonderfully crafted listen with an outstanding narration. The accents are superb and the voices are varied and distinct. Mark Deakins really does this material justice. And it’s all the more haunting because knowing what we know now about the nazi’s, this could have really happened.

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- Reg

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-22-2016
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC