I wonder why the writer, editor, and publisher chose not to put the dialogue in quotation marks? I found it confusing (and annoying).
Still, the mix of past and present worked except where the story felt contrived. The author did not convince me that Anna was real. Her motivations and loyalties were told rather than shown.
[spoiler] WHY would she leave bread, risking her life and her daughter when food was scarce? We never heard about the notes left (only the delivery details). How could they have been a motivation?
The question the book attempts to answer: how could so many women have stood by and watched their neighbors be murdered is answered in part (they were busy trying to survive), but the moral of the story seems to be: your best bet in difficult times is to be beautiful.
3 1/2 stars.