The Pearl Thief

The Pearl Thief by Fiona McIntosh
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9780143785095
Date Released
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Paperback
Pages
512
Dimensions
153 x 234mm
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Severine Kassel is asked by the Louvre in 1963 to aid the British Museum with curating its antique jewellery, her specialty. Her London colleagues find her distant and mysterious; her cool beauty the topic of conversations around its quiet halls. No one could imagine that she is a desperately damaged woman, hiding her trauma behind her chic, French image.

It is only when some dramatic Byzantine pearls are loaned to the Museum that Severine’s poise is dashed and the tightly controlled life she’s built around herself is shattered. Her shocking revelation of their provenance sets off a frenzied hunt for Nazi Ruda Mayek.

Mossad’s interest is triggered and one of its most skilled agents comes out of retirement to join the hunt, while the one person who can help her – the solicitor handling the Pearls – is bound by client confidentiality. As Severine follows Mayek’s trail, there is still one lifelong secret for her to reveal – and one for her to discover.

From the snowy woodlands outside Prague to the Tuilieries of Paris and the heather-covered moors of Yorkshire comes a confronting and heart-stopping novel that explores whether love and hope can ever overpower atrocity in a time of war and hate.
ISBN:
9780143785095
Publication Date:
29 / 10 / 2018
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
153 x 234mm
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Wartime romance, beautiful scenery and a gripping tale, what more could you want? How about a chic French protagonist, hiding a truly human trauma behind the powerful facade she has built as a curator of antique jewellery. The Pearl Thief is undoubtedly Mcintosh's best work yet, something she herself has alluded to in interviews, and is an essential read for fans and fans-to-be. - Samuel (QBD)
, 03/11/2018
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Once again Fiona has delievered a story that I have fallen in love with. Masterfully she weaves a story of family tragedy and revenge with hidden suprises, twistes and turns spanning over decades. As loss is part of life so is love. Will the lovely Severine find it again? You will have to read it to find our and you will not be disapointed - Kristin (QBD)
, 02/11/2018
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Fiona's best book yet. When I tell others about this book the images are so vivid in my mind I get shivers down my spine. A gripping story set across decades drawing from one of the darkest of historical events. You will be totally invested until the end but watch out for the twist. - Gillian (QBD)
, 02/11/2018
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Awarding winning author Fiona McIntosh magically weaves a tale of devasting loss and revenge into her newest historical fiction. For lovers of the French Promise and Lavander Keeper, The Pearl Thief will keep you reading late into the night. Severine Kassel relives her past when a delicate family possession is uncovered. This 5-star novel is historical fiction at its finest. - Kirsty (QBD)
, 02/11/2018
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McIntosh's latest historical fiction bestseller perfectly depicts the harsh realities of war and devastating loss. The Pearl Thief is all about Severine Kassel reliving her trauma to get revenge against a thieving Nazi. Read it, devour it and love it. - Jaidyn (QBD)
, 01/11/2018
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Historical fiction at it's best. The Pearl Thief lets you dive straight into prep-war life in Prague. Following the life of the exquiste Severine. Life comes full circle when an adult Severine discovers some pearls at her job as curator for the British Museum. Both Serverine life in London and Prague are beautiful written and a must for any historical fiction fan. - Julia (QBD)
, 01/11/2018
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Two women, Katerina & Severine; two men, Daniel & Edward; two stories woven together. How are they connected? Czechoslavakia, France, England, Jewish families separated, Stolen family heirlooms, Nazi War criminals, Mossad, the Kindertransports. A tale of love, revenge and ultimately, healing. McIntosh, as usual, has written a sumptious and impeccably researched story. Guaranteed Great Read! - Susan (QBD)
, 01/11/2018
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Severine Kassel has a secret, one that she keeps locked behind the thick castle walls of her mind. But a brief encounter with a set of flawless Byzantine pearls threatens to break these walls down, pulling her back to the trauma of her youth in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia. 'The Pearl Thief' is a dark, thrilling historical fiction drama, with a touch of classic Fiona McIntosh romance. - Pawan (QBD)
, 01/11/2018
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The Pearl Thief is a tale of devastating loss and revenge spanning the decades following the outbreak of World War II, through to the 1960's. Museum curator Severine Kassel is forced to relive the trauma of her past and overcome the shadowed Nazism that haunts her after the discovery of an antique family heirloom. Historical fiction at it's finest, fans old and new will savour every moment. - Melanie (QBD)
, 01/11/2018
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Thank you Fiona McIntosh! This book tore at my soul whilst mending it at the same time. In 1939 Severine existed in a world of hatred and violence,after surviving,she builds herself around that pain burying it until 1963 when her job brings her face to face with her past. Finding love and hope in Severine's life may help snuff out the darkness left behind. Loved this book. - Helen (QBD)
, 01/11/2018
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She was so excited to dig into one of her favourite authors once again! She did hesitate for a moment, what with Fiona utilising elements of WWII. Like most sane people, we try to avoid Nazi's! However, she persevered. “If it's Fiona well it must be good”. Sure enough two days pass and she loved this story! The twists! An incredible read from an incredible author. - Brayden & His Nan. - Brayden (QBD)
, 01/11/2018
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The Pearl Thief is an intricately and masterfully written story with an astonishingly relatable bilingual character, who is as beautiful as she is smart. Not even halfway through the first chapter and my eyes wouldn't stop scanning the pages, and I simply couldn't put it down. I've never seen such brilliant descriptions of a character with such grace and elegance. I can't wait to finish this book. - Jessica (QBD)
, 01/11/2018
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An epic & heart wrenching journey told from the voice of one of our most beautiful storytellers. Spanning decades Severine shares a devastating life of loss and injustice during WWII, leaving us with a burning question, can the scars of hate start to be healed with the power of love? The Pearl Thief is an important and necessary story to be told which leaves no emotion untouched. - Amanda (QBD)
, 01/11/2018
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To her colleagues at the Louvre, Severine Kassel is like the antique jewellry she appraises: delicately beautiful and shrouded in mystery. But when the shadow of the Mossad stretches into Paris, Severine will prove that underneath it all, she's anything but fragile. Gripping from the first page to the last, Fiona McIntosh has once again delivered the must read book for this Christmas. - Jack (QBD)
, 01/11/2018
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Delving into the rich and dramatic history of post war Europe, The Pearl Thief follows the journey of a woman chasing the man that tore her family apart. Filled with loss, redemption and betrayal this is definitely Fiona's best book yet. - Lindsay (QBD)
, 01/11/2018
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Set in the 1960's, this novel takes you on a journey from Prague to Paris in a page turning man hunt. A protagonist with a past full of trauma in a time of war and hate, I guarantee you won't be able to put this book down. - Rhyannion (QBD)
, 01/11/2018
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A damaged woman beneath a staunch veneer of collected composure. A life shattering set of antique pearls missing from the museum. A cross-Europe hunt for a Nazi burgular that brings a retired Mossad legend out of retirement. It's almost as if Fiona sat down for a cuppa with Dan Brown and decided to combine her rich emotional tapestries with his scope of adventure and grandeur. You'll love it! - Michael (QBD)
, 01/11/2018
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In her best book yet Fiona takes you on a journey of love, mystery and past trauma longing to be healed. I read this masterpiece in four hours, not being able to put it down for longer than a few minutes at a time. - Isabelle (QBD)
, 01/11/2018
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Absolutely incredible. This is my favourite book of one of my absolute favourite authors. There has never been more at stake than there is in this novel. It will shock you, move you, and completely absorb you. One for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, and The Book Thief. Severine is a strong, stubborn, AMAZING lead. I could not put this book down! - Coreena (QBD)
, 01/11/2018
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In this diligently researched masterpiece, McIntosh hurtles you back in time to Prague 1939, and then to 1960's Paris, to follow a journey of devastating loss, familial revelations, revenge and a thrilling hunt for the stolen Ottoman Pearls. Superbly crafted with diverse and intriguing characters, rich history, and a romantic interlude, you will not be sorry for losing sleep to read this one. - Penny (QBD)
, 01/11/2018
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This is another wonderful read from Fiona McIntosh and I think the best one yet. Get out your pearls as we go for a walk of devastating loss and revenge spanning decades from the World War II until the 1960's. It will make you cry and yet make you realise just how strong you can be if you are pushed . - Karen (QBD)
, 31/10/2018
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Fiona McIntosh has delivered yet again! A thrilling tale of mystery and drama as esteemed jewellry historian Severine desperately tries to put ghosts of the past behind her so that she can finally begin to live the life she has been robbed of. Set during the second world war and the1960's, the story unfolds to reveal the horrors of Nazi occupation in Severine's childhood home of Czechoslovakia. - Pauline (QBD)
, 31/10/2018
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I now understand what Fiona meant 'The Pearl Theif' is her best book written! Set in 1963 Paris Severine Kassel is asked by the Louvre to authenticate some exquisite Byzantine pearls loaned to the British Museum, unknown to the curator they belong to her family. Severine retells her life of heartache, betrayal and loss. Really enjoyed this more than the 'Lavendar Keeper' - Ayano (QBD)
, 31/10/2018
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I can not imagine what life is like for the Jewish family we are first introduced to, in Prague, 1939. But after hearing about their experiences during the Kinder-transports I was compelled to see what would be next. A tale spanning decades from the outbreak of World War II, until the 1960s, from Prague to the Tuileries of Paris. A must read for fans of 'The French Promise'. - Kylie (QBD)
, 31/10/2018
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The Pearl Theif will immediatley transport you bac in time to the snowy woodlands of Prague in 1936, to the Tuileries of Paris and Yorkshire, England in 1963. Her description of place help the reader to envision these foriegn landscapes with the familiarity if their own home. McIntosh has masterfully weaved a tale of Historical Fiction that explores how a devistating loss can affect us. - Renee (QBD)
, 31/10/2018
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From the first page of the Pearl Thief, Fiona McIntosh has you feeling like you are there with the characters experiencing their tale with them. Begining in Prague in 1939 Severine Kassel's story is one of Love, Loss and Retribution. Definitely one of Fiona's best yet. - Fiona (QBD)
, 31/10/2018
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The Pearl Thief is a wonderful read. Throughout the book Severine Kassel journey is about the loss of her family during world war two and the rediscovery of the byzantine pearls. That leads her on a trail through her past and to finding love in her future. A book you have to read if you love Fiona Mcintosh. - Louise (QBD)
, 31/10/2018
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A must read for EVERY book lover! The Pearl Thief is a rare gem. Fiona Macintosh has crafted a masterful tale of romance, family history, and devastating loss that kept me interested in every page. This novel is excellently researched and accurately describes the atrocities experienced in World War II. I guarantee it is a book that you will remember forever - Steph - Amy (QBD)
, 31/10/2018
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From Prague during WW2, to London and Paris in the 1960s, this is a narrative of loss, revenge and intrigue from the masterful pen of Fiona McIntosh. Severine Kassel has her world rocked while working aboad in London. She finds herself facing her past; the scars from the years of war finally examined. Beautifully researched and crafted, this piece is sure to stay with you long after the last page. - Rosie (QBD)
, 31/10/2018
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Set during WWII and 20 years later, this incredible book tells the story of a Jewish woman and her terrifying escape from the Nazis in Czechoslovakia. Hiding her trauma behind her chic image, Severine's tale comes to light as she becomes instrumental in the hunting down of a despicable Nazi war criminal. Great historical fiction and romance interspersed with a horrific past. Couldn't put it down. - Eleanor (QBD)
, 31/10/2018
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Book hangovers are the worst and I definitely have one after reading this. I only put this book down twice. The first was because my lunch break was over and the second was when I finished it. Fiona McIntosh drew me in from the very beginning and never to me go. I was so wrapped up in the world she had created and connected to the characters that I was devasted when it came to an end. - Barbara (QBD)
, 31/10/2018
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Serverine Cassell is working as a Curator of Antique Jewellery. She appears to be cold and distant but noone is aware that she is hiding a devastating secret.Severine’s past is slowly unravelled when a Pearl necklace is brought into the British Museum and the tragedy of her life unfolds.The Pearl Thief is fiilled with a remarkable sense of hope ,you will not be able to put this down!!! - Leisha (QBD)
, 31/10/2018
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Fiona McIntosh always writes such beautiful books, and this is no exception. McIntosh strings together the story of Severine Kassel, a survivor of the most horrific event in modern history. Moving back and forth between the 1930s and 1960s, McIntosh dives into the lives of the personalities with ease. So hard to put down! - Karina (QBD)
, 30/10/2018
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From the ugliness of Germany to the beauty of perfectly formed pearls and emeralds, McIntosh takes you on a heart breaking, yet stunning journey of Severine Kassel. After being reunited with her families long lost, stolen pearls her life becomes engufed in hunting down the thief. Love, secrets, family and heart ache flow from each page in a story that will hold you by the heart to the very end - Jodie (QBD)
, 30/10/2018
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Fiona McIntosh writes Severine Kassel beautifully. While some authors don't create their character's personality fully, McIntosh does this without fail. The book itself is suspenseful and makes you want to read on to find out what happens to the characters. This page turner is definitely something I would reccomend. - Eliza (QBD)
, 30/10/2018
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A must read for fans of 'The Lavender Keeper' and 'The French Promise'. Australian author Fiona McIntosh strikes again with a masterfully written historical romance. Reading this book will completely absorb you and make you feel as if you've lived and breathed 1963 London and Paris. - Amber (QBD)
, 30/10/2018
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The Pearl Thief is historical fiction at its best, and a must-read for lovers of The Book Thief or The Love That I Have. Set in 1963, in the wake of WWII, The British Museum has just received a number of pearls. But there is a dark secret behind these jewels, and curator Severine Kassel soon finds herself swept up in a hunt of a lifetime - and may have to face her own past along the way. 5 Stars! - Emily (QBD)
, 30/10/2018
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I always look so forward to reading Fiona McIntosh. Her stories capture my interest immediately and The Pearl Thief is no different. Set during WW11 and 1960, it's about a young girl whose life is forever changed when a Gestapo soldier, who was once a childhood friend, ruined her life. As an adult her mission in life is to find this man and ruin his. A fantastic read. - Jo (QBD)
, 29/10/2018
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Equally captivating and devastating, this historical narrative is like all of Fiona McIntosh's masterpieces: richly researched and honest. McIntosh expertly takes you on a journey where one girl must relive the trauma of her past to heal. - Justine (QBD)
, 29/10/2018
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Historical Romance at its finest as Fiona McIntosh brings us another brilliant masterpiece. Set in 1963 this heart stopping yet confronting novel travels from Prague to Paris and then onto Yorkshire. A story of spies, Nazis, love and a mysterious museum curator named Severine Kassel. Her clever and cool poise is shattered when some Byzantine Pearls are loaned to the museum. What will they unearth? - Carla (QBD)
, 29/10/2018
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The Pearl Thief is must read for fans of The Lavender Keeper. McIntosh masterfully weaves a tale of devastating loss and revenge spanning decades from the outbreak of World War II until the 1960s. When a prized family possession is uncovered, Severine Kassel must relive the trauma of her past in order to destroy the Nazi who took everything from her. Historical fiction at its finest. - Nola (QBD)
, 29/10/2018
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Fans of Fiona McIntosh's previous gems The Lavender Keeper and The Tailor's Girl will love this tale spanning 20 years, from Prague at the start of World War 2 to thriving Paris in 1963. Severine Kassel has always been closed off about her life up until that point, but after Byzantine Pearls are loaned to the Louvre jewellry exhibition she is curating, her poised life falls away. A great read!! - Emily (QBD)
, 29/10/2018
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A heartbreaking romance, mired in the depths of mystery Fiona McIntosh tells the story of Severine Kassel and a handsom Mossad agent in their quest to recover stolen Byzantine pearls loaned to the British Museum. - Monique (QBD)
, 28/10/2018
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Fiona McIntosh delights us again with her wonderful romance, well drawn characters and beautifully told story spanning countries, told by two families caught in the heartbreaking realities of Nazi occupied Prague. - Tiffany (QBD)
, 28/10/2018
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Set in Prague during WW11 this is a sad but also upliting tale of a young Jewish girl and her family amid the terrible persecution of the Jews. She conquers many hardships and uncovers lifelong secrets along the way which will keep the reader shocked but also enchanted by the love story that is intertwined. A beautifully written story of Hope and Love - Colette (QBD)
, 27/10/2018
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McIntosh's latest book is nothing more than a refreshing and thrilling new read, taking me on an adventurous ride along with the main character Severine Kassel. McIntosh's 'The Peral Thief' filled with suspense, leaving you questioning whether love can make a change in a dark world. - Stacey (QBD)
, 26/10/2018
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If you like mystery stories set in realistic depictions of historic time periods, The Pearl Thief is sure not to disappoint. With plenty of intrigue, romance, and tension, this story is one you will not regret reading. - Nathan (QBD)
, 26/10/2018
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A beautifully woven story of the poised, mysterious Severine Kassel, who is a curator of antique jewellery, working for the British museum. With her usual flair, Mcintosh blends history, romance and drama in a spellbinding book that transports readers from the moors of Yorkshire, to Paris and Prague, as the past that Severine has tried to hide comes back to haunt her. - Hannah (QBD)
, 26/10/2018
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The Pearl Thief by Fiona McIntosh is a gripping tale of mystery, art and the outcomes of war. This book follows Severine Kassel as she begins her new job as curator for the British Museum. To her collages she is mysterious, but they can't know what she is hiding beneath her exterior. The Pearl Thief explores the gritty reality of WWII in this Fiona McIntosh classic. - Angelique (QBD)
, 26/10/2018
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Fiona McIntosh brings her exquisite storytelling skills to the front line yet again and plunges us head first into a tale of secrets, lies and most importantly hope beyond all hope. Severine is a classicly beautiful woman who shys away from life. Every minute that she hides herself away the clock continues to tic..tic..tic bringing her closer and closer to the past she was trying to hide from. - Caitlyn (QBD)
, 26/10/2018
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Fiona McIntosh pulls you in from the start. You are gripped with the depth of her characters and the harsh life for the Jewish Kassowicz family living in Prague on the cusp of WW2. Severine has built a life for herself where she has order and control after growing up under the chaotic Nazi regime. A chance encounter with a family heirloom sparks a tale of intrigue, betrayal and sacrifice - David (QBD)
, 25/10/2018
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A beautifully writen novel that shows the lengths one women Severine Kassel will go to, to survive the horrors that befell her family during the reign of Hitler. The appreance of a pearl necklace sends you on a journey thorugh the past and present of Sevrerine's life as you learn more about her and how she is determined to survive for her family & not allow the horrors of war control her future. - Louise (QBD)
, 24/10/2018
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Reading a book by Fiona Mcintosh is like drinking a fine wine. Thoroughly enjoyable and you wish there was more. That can certainly be said of The Pearl Thief. Fiona Mcintosh describes it as her best yet and it is easy to see why. A great plot, beautifully described locations, and a heroine by the name of Severine. She is on the trail of the book's villain, who is a Nazi war criminal. - Peter (QBD)
, 23/10/2018
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Again Fiona has delievered an epic masterpeice, this time she takes you back to the atrocious history of the Nazi's and Jews.Uncover Severines unspeakable history through a seemingly chance encounter with mysterious Daniel and relish in her triumph as the chance for revenge and ultimate closure is presented through a dangerous resurgence from her past. A captivating rollercoaster ride of a novel. - Joanne (QBD)
, 20/10/2018
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An equisitely crafted tale from World War II, I was captivated from the first chapter, Kindertransport and the plight of so many displaced by the persecution of Jewish people. A story of tenacity, strength, endurance, will and determination to overcome the atrocities of one's history and life. Remarkable and unforgetable, if you are only going to read one book this year, make it this one!! - Sheridan (QBD)
, 16/10/2018
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There are not enough words to explain how much I loved this book! An enthralling tale of tragedy and revenge elegantly draped over post-WWII Europe, The Pearl Thief had me hooked from the first chapter; I knew I wouldn't be able to stop reading until I was finished, regardless of the harrowing journey ahead of me. Believe it when they say this is Fiona's best yet! - Karen (QBD)
, 12/10/2018
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A sweeping historical drama with complex characters and a story woven around a unique piece of jewellery. With mystery, betrayal, murder, lies, love and redemption, "The Pearl Thief" is a story to keep you involved to the last page. - Kerryn (QBD)
, 25/09/2018

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