Book Reviews

The Silent Unseen by Amanda McCrina // Book Review


Poland, July 1944. Sixteen-year-old Maria is making her way home after years of forced labor in Nazi Germany, only to find her village destroyed and her parents killed in a war between the Polish Resistance and Ukrainian nationalists. To Maria’s shock, the local Resistance unit is commanded by her older brother, Tomek―who she thought was dead. He is now a “Silent Unseen,” a special-operations agent with an audacious plan to resist a new and even more dangerous enemy sweeping in from the East. When Tomek disappears, Maria is determined to find him, but the only person who might be able to help is a young Ukrainian prisoner and the last person Maria trusts―even as she feels a growing connection to him that she can’t resist.



I read Daughters Of A Dead Empire a couple of months ago and it felt like we were just walking around not really doing much. Unfortunately, this story felt much the same but I didn’t connect with the characters as well.

It’s a topical story, with Ukrainian and Polish characters, but looking back I’m not sure where exactly it was set – Ukraine or Poland or even both. We meet Kostya and Maria at a time in their lives when the war has ended, and they’re coming back home to see if their families are even still alive.

Kostya and Maria do seem to have a connection, but not a full on relationship. Still, I did feel that the story picked up when they were together. I think I just wanted more from the story, which ended really abruptly, with no clue as to if Kostya or Maria would even see the next few years or even a note to explain what happened in history around that time.

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