People Like Us

People Like Us


I nearly drowned and Walter rescued me. That changes everything.'

Leipzig, 1930's Germany.

Hetty Heinrich is a perfect German child. Her father is an SS officer, her brother in the Luftwaffe, herself a member of the BDM. She believes resolutely in her country, and the man who runs it.

Until Walter changes everything. Blond-haired, blue-eyed, perfect in every way Walter. The boy who saved her life. A Jew.

Anti-semitism is growing by the day, and neighbours, friends and family members are turning on one another. As Hetty falls deeper in love with a man who is against all she has been taught, she begins to fight against her country, her family and herself. Hetty will risk have to risk everything to save Walter, even if it means sacrificing herself...

Our Review

People Like Us is a book with a clear mesasage for it's readers: Learn from the past. 

Hetty is the ideal German child. Her father is a member of the Nazi party and she is a zealous young girl who believes absolutely in her country and hero worships Hitler. 

Until one day when she realises that Walter, the boy who once saved her from drowning, is a Jew. 

Hetty knows that loving him goes against everything she has been taught by her family and her friends but she cannot help herself. Despite a raging inner conflict Hetty soon begins to wonder if maybe she isn't the one who is wrong after all. 

"My mind's refusing to accept what I just witnessed. How can it be possible that Walter is a Jew? Wonderful Walter, the boy who saved my life, a dirty stinking Jew?"

Hetty is in turmoil over who to trust and as danger increases for Walter Hetty knows she must do anything she can to try and save him. 

Initially I was unsure if I was going to like this book because I had just read a book from a similar perspective and the fact that I originally didn't like Hetty's character made it difficult for me to engage. However, once I got into the story it was an engaging read. 

Our Final Rating...

Our Rating

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