THE CRIMSON THREAD
BY KATE FORSYTH
Publication Date: July 5, 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction
In Crete during World War II, Alenka, a young woman who fights with the resistance against the brutal Nazi occupation, finds herself caught between her traitor of a brother and the man she loves, an undercover agent working for the Allies.
May 1941. German paratroopers launch a blitzkrieg from the air against Crete. They are met with fierce defiance, the Greeks fighting back with daggers, pitchforks, and kitchen knives. During the bloody eleven-day battle, Alenka, a young Greek woman, saves the lives of two Australian soldiers.
Jack and Teddy are childhood friends who joined up together to see the world. Both men fall in love with Alenka. They are forced to retreat with the tattered remains of the Allied forces over the towering White Mountains. Both are among the seven thousand Allied soldiers left behind in the desperate evacuation from Crete’s storm-lashed southern coast. Alenka hides Jack and Teddy at great risk to herself. Her brother Axel is a Nazi sympathiser and collaborator and spies on her movements.
As Crete suffers under the Nazi jackboot, Alenka is drawn into an intense triangle of conflicting emotions with Jack and Teddy. Their friendship suffers under the strain of months of hiding and their rivalry for her love. Together, they join the resistance and fight to free the island, but all three will find themselves tested to their limits. Alenka must choose whom to trust and whom to love and, in the end, whom to save.
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In Crete, 1941, Alenka lives near the ruins of Knossos. As the Germans invade from the sky, the proud Cretan people fight back. Alenka is determined to help the resistance and the men who came to fight for her country. Alenka takes a chance and rescues two Australian soldiers. Friends, Teddy and Jack areleft behind in the evacuation from the island. Alenka hides the soldiers in the ruins and brings them food. She teaches them how to act Greek while taking part in resistance efforts. However, Alenka's brother, Axel supports the Nazi's and is ready to report Alenka and her friend's resistance efforts at every turn.
The Crimson Thread combines several elements that I love; history, mythology and the author's own family story into an intricately woven tale of hope, resistance, and overcoming obstacles. I didn't know much about World War II in Greece and was amazed by the heart of the people there. The Nazi's seemed to take every hint of resistance out on innocent citizens. but the people kept fighting back with whatever they had. I was pleased to learn that two of Alenka's friends in the book, Phyllia and Micky Akoumianakis were real life Greek SOE. Alenka's character encompassed the feelings of the people of Crete. I was amazed at her ability to keep going, think of ways to outsmart the Nazi's and how she loved Axel even when he was bent on destroying her. Axel's character struck a chord of fear in me from the very beginning, he had something to prove and he was willing to destroy everything in order to do it. Teddy and Jack's characters were interesting, best friends that were Australian soldiers with completely different outlooks on life and relationships. From the description, I thought it would be a love triangle situation; however, it is anything but. Teddy's true colors come out immediately and Jack's humble, caring nature shines through. I wasn't sure how the Ariadne and the Minotaur story was going to be brought in except for the setting near the labyrinth; although, in the end, Ariadne, the Minotaur, Theseus and Dionysus were there all along.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the internationally bestselling author of 40 books for both adults and children.
Her books for adults include ‘Beauty in Thorns’, the true love story behind a famous painting of ‘Sleeping Beauty’; ‘The Beast’s Garden’, a retelling of the Grimm version of ‘Beauty & the Beast’, set in the German underground resistance to Hitler in WWII; ‘The Wild Girl’, the love story of Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told him many of the world’s most famous fairy tales; ‘Bitter Greens’, a retelling of the Rapunzel fairytale; and the bestselling fantasy series ‘Witches of Eileanan’ Her books for children include ‘The Impossible Quest’, ‘The Gypsy Crown’, ‘The Puzzle Ring’, and ‘The Starkin Crown’
Kate has a doctorate in fairytale studies, a Masters of Creative Writing, a Bachelor of Arts in Literature, and is an accredited master storyteller.
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