Review and Rating by Brenda 5 of 5 stars
I was lost in a coulee reading The Taster with Lindsay and this one really surprised us and not what we were expecting. The Taster gave us a different perspective on WWII than we are used to reading and we learned some things we were not aware of. The story really had us thinking, wanting to know more and we really enjoyed our discussion.
V.S Alexander takes us to the places Hitler lived, giving us some insight into his life and relationships and as to why Germans followed him. The story is told from the perspective of one of Hitler’s servants Magda Ritter who becomes a taster. Her job is to taste his food for poison. We were intrigued and became fascinated by a part of history we never really put much thought into before.
V.S Alexander does a good job balancing history here and storytelling and we loved the unique angle the story was written from. A little high on drama sometimes with a little spin at the end that left us fascinated and completely satisfied in a coulee after reading this one. We highly recommend.
This was a captivating, suspenseful, addictive and fascinating read!
This story revolves around Magda Ritter, a young woman employed by Hitler during WWII. Magda blindly applied for work with the Third Reich, not knowing what the job would be – she was simply looking for employment. She was hired as one of Hitler’s “tasters” – a group of young German women who lived on Hitler’s properties whose job it was to taste his food prior to him eating meals to ensure it wasn’t poisoned. What a job! I had no idea about this piece of history prior to reading this enthralling story.
The unique story, the courageous characters, the piece of history – it was all so fascinating to me! The author, V.S. Alexander, had me engrossed from the first to last page. The story flowed and unraveled perfectly with a pace that kept me hungry for more and wondering how things would conclude. I always find myself drawn to WWII historical fiction novels and this one really stands out as it explored a completely new angle for me.
A big thank you to NetGalley, Kensington Books and V.S. Alexander for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!