Learn more Download now Shop now Shop now flip flip flip Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Learn More Shop now Shop now Learn more

Customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
30
The Collaborators
Format: Kindle Edition|Change
Price:£5.24


VINE VOICEon 6 February 2013
I've just started to read Reginald Hill and what a book to start with! His writing style is clear and concise. The story centres around a group of Parisiens who, for one reason or another, decide to collaborate with their Occupiers during WWII - some for purely opportunistic reasons, others simply to save their skin and one woman who is desperate to save her children. The story doesn't deviate from this plot which makes it extremely tight and tense. One of the best books of occupied France I have read in a long time.
2 people found this helpful
|0Comment|Report abuse
on 15 May 2010
I first read this story in the Readers' Digest collection of novels circa 1992 - yes, way back when! Anyway, to cut to the chase, this novel left an impression on my psyche for the best part of twenty years. I have been searching for this book, and I read this book again, which reaffirmed why it had left such an impression on me.

Janine Simonian is a Parisian shop girl working in her parents' cafe, who married a Jewish man and had two children with him. The Second World War has broken out, the Germans have come to occupy France, which is how she meets Lieutenant Gunther Mai... Her Jewish husband has been injured in the fighting, and her children were nearly shipped off to a concentration camp, with her mother in law. The only way she could help her loved ones was by becoming a Nazi Collaborator...

When one cuts through the lengthy 'gangster dialogue' between the Resistance characters, one is left with a poignant tale of the lengths a human would go to save their loved ones. A must-read.
2 people found this helpful
|0Comment|Report abuse
on 21 May 2014
To read Mr Hill's prose is a pleasure and this is no exception. This book is different in many ways: it is hard hitting and challenging and not an easy book to read because of the story content and it's structure. Its satisfaction comes from being taken into a world seldom covered in literature and being introduced into a period of time when morality and actions taken were not subject to the expectations and experiences of today. It's difficult to get into without full concentration and patience but well worth the effort. Not a book that can be read in one sitting.. it needs pauses for thought and consideration.
|0Comment|Report abuse
on 25 October 2017
Excellent storyline. Characters so well drawn you felt you knew them. Great insight into an invaded country and the very many different ways people dealt with the occupation. Huge emotional ups and downs throughout.
|0Comment|Report abuse
on 21 May 2013
At first I found this book to be a little confusing as it jumps forward in time by, in some cases, many months. I realise it had to do this to cover the time period involved, but a smoother transition would have helped. However it really came alive in the second half building to an intriguing finale. Well worth a read particularly if you are interested in this period of French history.
One person found this helpful
|0Comment|Report abuse
on 11 September 2011
I love Reginald Hill's books, he is such a good writer. I usually read his Dalziel & Pasco series so was surprised to find that The collaborators is in a very different style. I loved it just as much! Hill is an excellent storyteller and he creates very credible characters. The Collaborators is a moving story of wartime love. It shows collaboration in a new light and is very sympathetic to the problems faced by people living under the strain of occupation by the enemy.
|0Comment|Report abuse
on 28 November 2012
This is a very well written book covering a very important time. What struck me was how people became collaborators in lots of different ways, by accident, through greed, for revenge etc. What I didn't like was reading about brutality. There is enough in the real world, but it was what happened so could not have been left out.
One person found this helpful
|0Comment|Report abuse
on 23 October 2013
France during the second world war, the horrors of your country being occupied by another nation and the start of ethnic cleansing and its effect on families. Well worth reading.
One person found this helpful
|0Comment|Report abuse
on 15 March 2013
I have only read Reginald Hills Dalziel and Pascoe books before. This book is quite different but as usual the writing is terrific and the plot as good as any thriller. Do Buy It.
One person found this helpful
|0Comment|Report abuse
on 20 August 2017
An excellent informative and exciting read
|0Comment|Report abuse

Customers also viewed these items


Need customer service? Click here