There are a lot of ideas in this slim book. Reisfeld takes on the question of evil. What is the most basic root of evil? What allows one human to commit the atrocities for which Hitler is infamous?
I found some of the characterization to be a bit light. Hitler and the supernatural caseworker seemed more like sketches than fully realized characters. However, I was willing to overlook that slight drawback due to the strength of the plot. Who doesn’t want to see Hitler get his just desserts? Fortunately, Reisfeld doesn’t rely on fire and brimstone and over the top revenge fantasies a la Inglourious Basterds – instead, he digs into the heart of what justice and humanity are all about.
One of the strongest sections is the story-within-a-story centered on Jacob, a Jewish man struggling to save his family. In stripped down prose, Reisfeld creates some chapters that run the gamut from hopeful to heartbreaking. I would recommend this book on the strength of this section alone!
Thank you so much for sharing this novel with the world, Jon! I greatly appreciate the opportunity to read and review your novel and feature it in the Mega Book Tour.