Gry Finsnes, Norwegian, has lived in Sweden, India, England, Germany and France. After university studies in Oslo in French and English literature, she started her career as a teacher, but had to give it up as she moved out of the country. She has published two thrillers in Swedish but has recently written in English.
If you love two countries and they go to war with each other, which one do you choose to fight for? The German musician Friedrich is in Norway with his Norwegian girlfriend Ellen when Hitler attacks in April 1940. They flee together from Oslo but happen to find themselves very close to the fighting. Their dilemma is that both like Germany but not the Nazis, and Friedrich does not want to fight. Ellen hides him, pretending that he is Dutch. After a long struggle they end up in her grandparents' house on the coast where they spend some idyllic months. But it cannot last forever. When Friedrich disappears Ellen goes to Vienna and Berlin in the middle of war to look for him.
What people are saying...
"When I began reading this book, I realized within the first chapter I already liked the main character, Ellen. The choices she made, though hard, weren’t much different from the choices I would have made if I had been in the same position as her. I also appreciated that her and Friedrich’s love for each other was evident, and their romance was believable.
In the beginning I was a bit confused about the timeline. However, as I continued reading, I caught on and understood where the author was going.
I was only disappointed when the book had to end because I was not ready to put it down. I wished the story had gone on for a bit longer and had a few more questions answered, but those answers were left to the imagination of the reader.
Overall, this book is great for those who like historical fiction and romance."
- JesusFreak for Litpick Review Team
"World War II. Oslo, Vienna, Berlin. Two creatives from different countries, Norwegian pianist Ellen and German violinist Friedrich meet, fall in love, and are nearly torn apart by war. That’s the premise of Vanished in Berlin, the newest novel by author Gry Finsnes. When Friedrich finds that he might be conscripted to fight for his country of birth, he and Ellen come up with a plan to keep him in hiding. When they find that hiding a person is not as easy as they thought, and when Friedrich goes missing, Ellen starts a quest to find her true love that brings her to war-torn Vienna and Berlin.
Historical fiction and romance are two of my very favorite genres, and when they can be combined into one book, well, that suits me even more.
Vanished in Berlin doesn’t disappoint on either front. A sweeping saga that takes us to three major cities during WWII, this book by author Gry Finsnes was a page turner from the beginning. The characters, especially Ellen and Friedrich, are richly drawn and intensely likable. I found myself rooting for them and for their love, and hoping beyond hope that they would make it, even with the seemingly insurmountable circumstances they find themselves in. Vanished in Berlin would appeal to any reader of fiction, historical or not, as well as any reader of romance. When you pick this book up you might want to clear your schedule for at least a while, because you won’t want to put it down. I am eagerly looking forward to the next book by Gry Finsnes and am pleased to highly recommend this book to any reader looking for a fast-paced, exciting romantic read."