I preferred Les Ames Grises to this novel principally because I enjoy the mystery genre, and it was a truly excepional effort. This novel is compelling and hard to put down, but it is so tragic and pathetic that I was forced to set it aside several times just to give myself a bit of relief. I'm sure that the horrors of WWII have been depicted in more graphic ways somewhere, someplace, but the series of terrible events that befall the novel's characters are horrific to an extreme. At times I felt that it would have been more tactful and more germain to the novel's tone and theme, to hold back a little. Still it is a remarkable effort and surely brings the reader into contact with the horror of war in its many destructive dimensions.