The Silent Unseen, Amanda McCrina

Two hands reach toward each other in a monochrome-type cover. Buildings are barely seen in the lower portion of the cover.

“… We were both the same kind of stubborn.”

In wartime, people make tough decisions. Sometimes things go in directions they might never have dreamed possible. The Silent Unseen is a convoluted tale of two teens whose paths cross in life-altering ways. Told in alternating viewpoints, we experience the unlikely friendship between Maria and Kostya.

As a fan of WWII Historical Fiction, I was eager to read this. I think McCrina did the period and situation well, as evident in her research. If there was any disappointment, it was the ending, which came without warning or a proper feeling of closure. It left the story feeling woefully unfinished. Other than that, the journey to get there is fulfilling and makes for an enjoyable read. Thank you, Macmillan Children’s, for sending this along.

The Silent Unseen is available on Amazon, Bookshop, and B&N.

About the Book:

A mesmerizing historical novel of suspense and intrigue about a teenage girl who risks everything to save her missing brother.

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.

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