The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith

The Dutch Wife

Amsterdam, May 1943. As the tulips bloom and the Nazis tighten their grip across the city, the last signs of Dutch resistance are being swept away. Marijke de Graaf and her husband are arrested and deported to different concentration camps in Germany. Marijke is given a terrible choice: to suffer a slow death in the labour camp or—for a chance at survival—to join the camp brothel.On the other side of the barbed wire, SS officer Karl Müller a...

Details The Dutch Wife

TitleThe Dutch Wife
Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherPatrick Crean Editions
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II, Adult Fiction, Cultural, Canada, Holocaust, Adult, Literature, 20th Century

Reviews The Dutch Wife

  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    The historical fiction coming out in the last few years that depicts regular people and their lives in extenuating circumstances has really been wonderful. I now add The Dutch Wife to the list of really great writing and storytelling. As always with any WWII story set at a concentration camp there are many events of abuse, rape, starvation, murder and more awful actions. Ellen Keith does not dance around these issues; instead she describes them w...
  • Mellie Antoinete
    **#earc thanks to #netgalley in exchange for a fair review.**I had to really think about how to review this. I had an awful time reading it. Mariejke & Theo are a Dutch couple helping shelter undesirables during the high heat of WWII until they are caught and sent to different concentration camps - she to Ravensbruck, he to a satellite camp of Buchenwald as political prisoners. She soon volunteers for the new brothel installed at Buchenwald in th...
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    2.5 STARS - The Dutch Wife is a Historical Fiction novel that tells the story of three people during WWII in dual story lines. The reader is privy to the points of view of Marijke de Graaf, a Dutch prisoner in the Buchenwald concentration camp and SS officer Karl Muller whose job it is to run the camp. The other story line, decades later, follows a young man named Luciano Wagner in Buenos Aires.I'm all for dual story lines in books. I like gettin...
  • Melissa
    This Book oh how amazing it is. I could not put it down. Follows Three people Marijke, Karl and Luciano. Set during WWll. Although I was saddened and upset at what women had to endure during WWll. Marijke story is one of true survival, Karl’s has to be a favorite he was a complex character some times you want to hate him but you can’t help but love him. Luciano story is just one of true sadness. That ending oh that ending. All I can say is it...
  • Jenny Q
    Gripping, dark, emotional tale of choices made in a Nazi labor camp and the repercussions of those choices decades later in Argentina's Dirty War. I couldn't put it down!Check out my Q&A with author Ellen Keith for the Historical Novel Society!
  • Lollita
    This was really good, and it was not what I expected. There was nothing romantic or happy about this book, not a heart felt war time romance if that's what you're looking for.
  • Jenine
    I really wanted to enjoy this book with this aspect of history that I had not explored as part of the Holocaust, but I wasn't able to. Combining the two separate storylines about a concentration camp in Germany and 1980s Argentinian repression, I couldn't mesh the two. They were two stories brought together to make the book work and it didn't.
  • Kelsey Castro
    My store received an advanced copy of this book and I was mesmerized from the very beginning. The parallel stories are each heartbreaking and the endings were both real and unexpected. Beautiful writing, definitely worth the read.
  • Eden Church | The Required Reading List
    *update June 18, 2018– I’ve heard talk that this book is being marketed in the US as a romance. (I’m Canadian and so is the author) This book is not a romance; it’s historical fiction. There is no hero here, nor is there anything romantic. This is a story about one of the most horrific events in history* An intense meditation on the nature of hatred, prejudice and oppression, Ellen Keith's The Dutch Wife is as beautiful as it is heavy. To...
  • Margaret
    I have a signed copy up for grabs at JustOneMoreChapter one who is always on the lookout for HF pertaining to the Netherlands the title and cover is what drew me to The Dutch Wife. It’s also Ellen Keith’s debut - how exciting is that! Only a small percentage of this book takes place in Holland but it’s enough for me, I didn’t totally expect to feel s...
  • Sarah Bunker
    4.5⭐The Luciano story line is questionable to me but otherwise I loved it! 4.5⭐️The Luciano story line is questionable to me but otherwise I loved it!
  • Bev Walkling
    Many thanks to Hanover Square Press, Harlequin and #NetGalley for allowing me to read a copy of The Dutch Wife in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are completely my own.There are times in life when an individual may be forced to ask themselves the difficult question of what exactly they would be willing to do in order to thrive and/or survive. In this novel inspired by fact, the reader gets to examine how 3 different individu...
  • Julia Booktree Lady
    4.5/5 StarsThe Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith is a rotating POV novel that features 3 main characters throughout World War II. The first is the Dutch Wife herself, Marijke. She is loosely involved in the resistance in Amsterdam until she is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp, and later moved to Buchenwald. The second is the newly-appointed deputy commander of Buchenwald, Karl Muller. And the third is Luciano Wagner, a you...
  • Samantha
    2.5 stars, rounded up.I often felt that I could sense the author's youth through her words, which was detrimental to the depiction of the heavy material in this book. The descriptions of the horrors that her characters faced felt shallow to me. Additionally, the denouement felt rushed and so left me a bit unsatisfied. This being said, kudos for taking this weighty material on, and double kudos for introducing a wider audience to some unusual aspe...
  • Heather Donovan
    I thought the dual storylines with Argentina and Germany were unnecessary and really did nothing but increased the length of the book. Luciano's story should have been written on it's own and fleshed his character out more. I kept waiting for there to be a huge reveal, such as the papers he was microfilming revealed the names of all the former Nazi men hiding in South America - but that never happened. Had the Argentinian story been removed it wo...
  • Chelsea
    I put it down after page 24/362, because I'm trying not to waste my time. The writing is clunky and the author relies heavily on telling, rather than showing.
  • Seonaid
    2.5 StarsI read The Dutch Wife after following a discussion on the OSRBC page, and reading the mostly excellent reviews on Goodreads. Could this book possibly be an assured and well-written debut romance novel, with a Nazi officer as romantic lead? Well no, it couldn't.Quick and easy comments first – the book needs a damned good editing; it's rife with spelling and structural errors that should never have passed muster, and it's clumsily writte...
  • Jessica Wilkins
    Well, that was depressing. The Dutch Wife is a story following three characters, Marijke de Graff, Karl Mueller, and Luciano. Set during the final years of WW2 and later days in the 1970s, the story portrays much of the horror felt by prisoners during the war. I got into the story easily and it read quickly but it was very torture-heavy and I felt it didn't really do anything new in terms of this genre. If you like historical fiction, particularl...
  • Genevieve Graham
    I'm not going to lie ... I was close to putting the book away permanently after about a quarter of the way through. The stories (3 story lines) were so agonizing, so painful and unthinkable that it made it very difficult, and the further I read, the harder it was to sleep at night. But those stories were (based on) true stories, so how could I not read on? I believe we all need to understand history from all sides, and not shy away from the truth...
  • Carys
    The Dutch Wife brings a fierce new addition to Holocaust literature. The novel follows three characters, Marijke, a political prison in 1943 Germany, Karl, an SS officer in 1943 Germany, and Luciano, an Argentinian prisoner in 1977. Keith cleverly weaves together the stories of these three individuals, questioning the themes of freedom and resistance. Not only does Keith explore the physical freedom of these individuals, but also the mental freed...
  • Kim
    If I would have started earlier I would have read this cover to cover. It was excellent. This was one of the best fiction books I’ve read on what happens to people who are captured and put in concentration camps. From the view of a married couple, the wife who decides to join the brothel rather than do hard labour and not knowing if her husband is dead or alive.As she ties to stay loyal one of the SS officers falls in love with her but hides it...
  • Susan Lindemulder
    I wish I could say I enjoyed this book. The description sounded good, but I found myself pushing to continue reading. The writing was pretty graphic at times; I think the writer could have gotten her message across without so much of the descriptions, particularly in describing the "sex scenes". The subject matter is disturbing, as it should be--it was a horrible war with unspeakable things done to people based simply of who they were, what their...
  • Ashley Nicholson
    The Dutch Wife is a fantastic new novel from Ellen Keith. This (mostly) WWII novel is fresh, beautifully written and ambitious. Keith is able to weave the stories of three different people, Marijke a Dutch prisoner jailed in Buchenwald, Karl a German SS officer stationed at Buchenwald and a young student, Luciano in Argentina during the Dirty War of 1977, connecting their journeys of survival. She creates strong, empathetic characters that stay w...
  • Jen
    I liked the premise of this book but I found the execution to be terribly lacking. I didn't enjoy the writing at all and the characters seemed very flat to me.
  • Kristine
    Original review can be found at stars** I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**The Dutch Wife took place during WWII and during the Argentine Dirty War in 1977. It told the story of three unique and completely different people. First there was Marijke de Graaf, a member of the Dutch resistance, who was captured and imprisoned at...
  • Colleen
    The Dutch Wife ties together two eras of repression (Nazi concentration camps and the military prisons in Argentina during the 1970’s) by telling the stories of three characters, through their points of view. I was immediately invested in Marijke’s story: she and her husband are arrested and taken to Buchenwald because of their roles in the Dutch resistance. I was also immediately drawn into Karl’s story: as an SS officer who is transferred...
  • Kim Bakos
    I always enjoy books that involve the Holocaust, so it was no surprise that I liked this story as well. It was a different take than most of the stories I have read - I've never know of the existence of the prostitutes who were made available to the prisoners in the camps. That fact makes the overtly sexual content in the story make sense, but I still tired of the descriptive sex scenes.This book also pulls in something that I knew nothing about ...
  • Reeca Elliott
    Marijke and her husband are political prisoners of the Third Reich. Marijke stays alive by becoming one of the many women in the camp brothel. This is where she encounters Karl Müller, an SS officer. He falls in love with this Dutch beauty. This could ultimately be the death of her.There is another story line weaving through this novel. Luciano has been kidnapped by the Argentine Army. He struggles to maintain his sanity and his strength while b...
  • Judy Frey
    I enjoyed this book, as much as you can enjoy reading about horrendous atrocities. The pain in this book is palpable. In Amsterdam, 1943, Marijke and her husband Theo are a young couple working for the Resistance. They are caught and sent to two different concentration camps as political prisoners. Marijke is given the choice of hard labor and a certain death or s chance to survive by working in the prisoner brother. It is true that Hitler and Hi...
  • Literary Soirée
    The Dutch Wife is a heartbreaking story about a young Dutch woman Marijke and her husband caught helping Jews during WWII. They are sent to a concentration camp and separated. She is given the soul-destroying choice of working hard labor or becoming a prostitute. At the same camp, SS officer Karl Muller arrives and when he meets Marijke their lives are forever altered.A separate story line involves a young man named Luciano Wagner, a University s...