Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Book Review: The Tulip Eaters by Antoinette van Heugten

Feb 20, 2014

Book Review: The Tulip Eaters by Antoinette van Heugten

In a riveting exploration of the power the past wields over the present, critically acclaimed author Antoinette van Heugten writes the story of a woman whose child's life hangs in the balance, forcing her to confront the roots of her family's troubled history in the dark days of World War II… 

It's the stuff of nightmares: Nora de Jong returns home from work one ordinary day to find her mother has been murdered. Her infant daughter is missing. And the only clue is the body of an unknown man on the living-room floor, clutching a Luger in his cold, dead hand. 

Frantic to find Rose, Nora puts aside her grief and frustration to start her own search. But the contents of a locked metal box she finds in her parents' attic leave her with as many questions as answers—and suggest the killer was not a stranger. Saving her daughter means delving deeper into her family's darkest history, leading Nora half a world away to Amsterdam, where her own unsettled past and memories of painful heartbreak rush back to haunt her. 

As Nora feverishly pieces together the truth from an old family diary, she's drawn back to a city under Nazi occupation, where her mother's alliances may have long ago sealed her own–and Rose's—fate.

My thoughts:
When I first saw the title of this book, I thought it was quite unusual. I wondered what "The Tulip Eaters" had anything to do with present day murder and kidnapping, or WWII? You will find that answer in the preface. 

This book started off fast and hooked me from the very beginning. I love how the story line went from things that happened from past to present and how they all tied together in the end. You never expect things from the past that have been long forgotten by most, to come back and haunt you so many years later. Especially when you had nothing to do with them. This is the case with Nora. When her daughter was kidnapped, she went with her intuition as a mother to do anything and everything to try and find her daughter. 

I loved the historical aspects of this book. The present day parts weren't as interesting to me, but the author did a pretty good job connecting them both together. The ending was pretty predictable, but still worth the read.

I rate this book 3.5 stars.

I received this book from the publisher for review. All opinions and thoughts are my own. 

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