Official Review: The Golden Peacock by Lauren B. Grossman

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Official Review: The Golden Peacock by Lauren B. Grossman

Post by kimmyschemy06 » 28 May 2018, 21:27

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Golden Peacock" by Lauren B. Grossman.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Golden Peacock is a poignant, intriguing and suspenseful novel written by Lauren B. Grossman.

Rainee Allen, an author from Boston whose debut novel is turned into a movie, is suffering from a case of writer’s block. Trying to come up with an idea for a new novel, Rainee rummages through her drawer and comes across a passport, a souvenir she received from the US Holocaust Museum six years ago. It belonged to Jana Lutken from Frechen, Germany whose birthday was the same as that of Rainee only thirty years earlier. The connection is not lost on Rainee and she decides to make Jana the muse of her new novel.

Rainee’s research on Jana’s life takes her to London and Berkhamsted, and finally leads her to a nursing home on Chalton St. where Jana, now in her late seventies, is a resident with early onset dementia. Little does Rainee know that her research will lead her to long-held secrets, place not only her but also her friends and Jana in danger, and put her between two men one of whom triggers the memories of Jana’s past.

This is a moving, intriguing and suspenseful book that depicts the horror of the Holocaust. It describes in painful details the atrocities suffered by the German Jews in the hands of the Nazis as families were divided, parents were killed and children were orphaned. Besides that horrible period in history, the book also portrays not only prejudice and discrimination but also a person’s sense of self-preservation and strength of character. The touch of romance lends levity to an otherwise lamentable subject.

The book has a steady pacing and is told alternately between the first person perspective of Jana Lutken as she narrates the story of her life since 1938 and the third person perspective featuring the author Rainee Allen as she searches for Jana. This strategy in addition to the unexpected twists and turns keep the readers in suspense as we await the inevitable convergence of the past events and the present time in the book that leads to a satisfying climax.

Moreover, the author creates several endearing characters including Jana Lutken, the Holocaust survivor; Rainee Allen, the caring and thoughtful book author; John Pritchard, the kind nursing facility director; Martin Wagner, the unsettling doctor and dutiful son and Gloria Wickham, the motherly and nurturing woman who treated Jana as her own daughter.

While my favorite part of the book is the revelation of the connection between Jana and the visiting doctor, I think the most important part is the depiction of a person’s strength of character, that unimaginable will to survive and that seemingly irrational sense of optimism, hanging on that thin thread of hope that, somehow somewhere, he or she will be reunited with his/her loved one.

Needless to say I enjoyed this book a lot. However, I would appreciate additional information on some characters. The way they were dismissed from the book made me feel a little incomplete. Moreover, the ending, though satisfying, felt kind of ‘rushed’ to me. Finally, I noticed some errors within the entire book which are thankfully very few.

I, therefore, rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It is touching, inspiring and suspenseful. I recommend it to readers of historical fiction, suspense and romance. Some scenes of violence and abuse, however, may not be suitable for young readers.

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Post by Kemunto lucy » 29 May 2018, 05:28

The story is touching and the main character is unique. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Kendra M Parker » 29 May 2018, 08:54

This sounds like such an inspiring story. Mixing that with suspense and a bit of thrill sounds like it could be a really enjoyable way to explore such a difficult subject.
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Post by Adeniji » 29 May 2018, 09:01

I like the story. So emotional

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Post by isa3030 » 29 May 2018, 09:27

A rated 4-4stars awful reviewed book of historical fiction,suspense,romance,scene of violence and abuse,not suitable for young readers.A fascinating story narration by the author whose earlier novel was produce in movie,Rainee Allen suffered from writer's block;while about writing a new novel found in her drawer passport and a sourvenir she received from US holocaust museum 6years ago,sincerely i don't like reading book with suspense production,but i hope this highly rated book will your attreaction

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Post by gen_g » 29 May 2018, 11:35

Thanks for the detailed review, it seems like an interesting and inspiring read. I am intending to place this on my to-read list.

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Post by Kris kale23 » 29 May 2018, 14:07

The story is touching and the main character is unique. Thanks for the review.

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 30 May 2018, 00:07

Kemunto lucy wrote:
29 May 2018, 05:28
The story is touching and the main character is unique. Thanks for the review.
You're welcome. It's a great book and I enjoyed it a lot.

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 30 May 2018, 00:08

Kendra M Parker wrote:
29 May 2018, 08:54
This sounds like such an inspiring story. Mixing that with suspense and a bit of thrill sounds like it could be a really enjoyable way to explore such a difficult subject.
It sure is inspiring. Thank you for the comment.

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 30 May 2018, 00:14

Adeniji wrote:
29 May 2018, 09:01
I like the story. So emotional
It is, indeed, emotional.

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 30 May 2018, 00:15

gen_g wrote:
29 May 2018, 11:35
Thanks for the detailed review, it seems like an interesting and inspiring read. I am intending to place this on my to-read list.
You're welcome. I hope you get a chance to read it.

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Post by Dnonso2705 » 30 May 2018, 06:16

The book actually portrays so many things. It's actually full of horrors and mysterious things but teaches a lot. It has a nice story line as well. It shows the effectiveness of willing and ability to survive. I think it's very nice book.

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Post by Ginnamassa19 » 30 May 2018, 08:33

This sounds like an incredible read, although it does sound a little emotionally heavy. It's always interesting when two different perspectives are used, though, especially when it's the book alternating between first- and third-person--it's a hard feat to pull off both equally well, although this novel definitely seems to have done it from the 4-star review you gave it! Thank you for your insightful review, I might just put this book on my to-read list :)

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Post by SamSim » 30 May 2018, 12:27

What a great premise! The irresistible combination of history, romance, mystery, and suspense has me all excited to read this one. Thanks for the great review!
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 30 May 2018, 21:25

Dnonso2705 wrote:
30 May 2018, 06:16
The book actually portrays so many things. It's actually full of horrors and mysterious things but teaches a lot. It has a nice story line as well. It shows the effectiveness of willing and ability to survive. I think it's very nice book.
It sure is a nice book.

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