Kristina grew up in a country suffering under the crippling burden of WWI reparations; money was worthless, and food scarce. Then Hitler came to power determined to set Germany on a course to greatness.
It is on this wave of belief and enthusiasm that Kristina proudly takes up her post as an SS auxiliary at Auschwitz. Initially she lives in a bubble of friendship with her fellow guards, and the love of her fiancé, Hermann. But she soon realises something is badly wrong.
Kristina is swept along by life-changing orders from her superiors, and the endless, worsening horrors of the war as Germany is torn apart by its enemies.
This story is a slow burn growing to a crescendo. It is harrowing, haunting and memorable, leaving the reader with a unique insight into prejudice and war.
Peter Loughran is an award-winning author whose previous works have been translated into multiple languages.
He spent his childhood playing in bombed-out Liverpool, with American soldiers everywhere and the occasional P51 Mustang being towed through the streets. As an adult, his interest in WW2 became a passion, and a lifelong research project.
Peter has worked at almost every imaginable job, from 'timber-skin' docker, to an archaeological digger, from laboratory assistant to roofer. He lived for a time on Caldy Island where he worked alongside the monks in the garden and in the fields at harvest time.
He lives in Gran Canaria where he continues to write every day, sitting in his favourite café overlooking the sea.