Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
For awhile the compelling subject matter keeps the poor writing afloat, but soon enough that ship has sailed and the seasickness of flipping between time and place and emotion every second page begins. After finding out what was behind Sarah’s locked door, my interest in this book sunk.
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten-year old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door-to-door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard – their secret hiding place – and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released. Sixty years later: Sarah’s story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond, an American journalist investigating the roundup. In her research, Julia stumbles onto a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah, and to questions about her own romantic future.