Sage Singer is a baker, a loner, until she befriends an old man who’s particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone’s favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses—and then he confesses his darkest secret – he deserves to die because he had been a Nazi SS guard. And Sage’s grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. How do you react to evil living next door? Can someone who’s committed truly heinous acts ever atone with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren’t the party who was wronged? And, if Sage even considers the request, is it revenge…or justice?
Right from the first page this book grabbed me, sucked me in and held me captive until the very end! It truly was THAT good!
The book follows the two main characters, Sage Singer, and Josef Weber, with a cleverly interwoven story of Ania.
Sage doesn’t describe herself as a Jew, although she comes from a Jewish family. She doesn’t have things easy, her mother has passed away and she’s struggling with her confidence due to a recent accident, which left her scarred, both mentally and physically. Becoming a bit of a recluse, she avoids the outside world and submerges herself in her baking, working through the night and sleeping through the day, emerging only to see her married lover and to attend her Grief group, where she meets Josef.
Josef Weber is your typically friendly old neighbour. A retired teacher and Little League coach, what’s not to love about him? Except Josef has a little secret of his own, he was a Nazi SS guard and Sage’s grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.
The book is harrowingly, and yet beautifully written with the descriptions of the camps and the people making you almost feel as if you were there, staying with you long after the book has ended.
Jodi Picoult has never been one to shy away from taboo subjects and this book does not disappoint. It’s a story of survival and heroism, unimaginable evil and the search for redemption, but for who?
If you only read one book this year, make it this one!
My rating: – definitely not one to miss!!
The Storyteller is available in both physical and digital copies here