The Rabbit Girls

The Rabbit Girls

Berlin, 1989. As the wall between East and West falls, Miriam Winter cares for her dying father, Henryk. When he cries out for someone named Frieda – and Miriam discovers an Auschwitz tattoo hidden under his watch strap – Henryk’s secret history begins to unravel.

Searching for more clues of her father’s past, Miriam finds an inmate uniform from the Ravensbrück women’s camp concealed among her mother’s things. Within its seams are dozens of letters to Henryk written by Frieda. The letters reveal the disturbing truth about the ‘Rabbit Girls’, young women experimented on at the camp. And amid their tales of sacrifice and endurance, Miriam pieces together a love story that has been hidden away in Henryk’s heart for almost fifty years.

Inspired by these extraordinary women, Miriam strives to break through the walls she has built around herself. Because even in the darkest of times, hope can survive.

Title:The Rabbit Girls
ISBN:9781542094191
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    The Rabbit Girls Reviews

  • Paige

    This centers around Miriam who is the present day character, more so than focusing on the past and Henryk. Miriam is not only given more chapters than Henryk, but her chapters are also notably longer....

  • Barbara

    If you've just picked this one as your August 'Amazon Prime First Read' then you are in for a treat - eventually. The first quarter of this book is slow - really slow - and I wondered if I'd made a mi...

  • Page Turner

    The book had a slow start and I found the plot was convoluted and difficult to follow at times. Towards the end things moved fast and it started to make more sense. The isolated moments began to fit t...

  • Kate

    A deeply moving and upsetting story about the suffering of the so-called Rabbit Girls in Ravensbruck concentration camp. The narrative moves between the unhappy Miriam, writing in Germany in 1989 as t...

  • Michaela Savage-Clowes

    I picked this book as my ‘Amazon first reads’ for August, not really expecting too much and then not able to stop reading. It’s a story that will stay with me. ...

  • Meg Lelvis

    Really two and a half stars for this. I thought the focus would be on the women in Ravensbruck and their stories, but Miriam's story overshadowed it. I never could understand what Miriam's mental prob...

  • Nina

    Not great, but not bad. The "Rabbit Girls" refers to women who were used as guinea pigs in the concentration camps. The story concerns a woman in 1989 abused by her husband, who escapes him long enoug...

  • Linda Griffiths

    Superb writingI only chose this book because it was on offer! After reading just a few pages I was hooked, and would have happily paid the full price to read more. The book draws you into the characte...

  • Ashley Abbott

    I picked up The Rabbit Girls as part of Amazon First Reads. The thing that caught my attention was the setting in Berlin as the wall between East and West falls. I think this is an interesting part of...

  • Susan and Nigel Draper

    Haunting taleThe Rabbit Girls tells the story of Miriam who goes to care for her dying father Henryk in Berlin in the days following the fall of the wall that has divided the city since the 1960s. It ...