Today’s my stop on the Blog Tour hosted by the wonderful The Write Reads for Where David Threw Stones by Elyse Hoffman! This was supposed to be a review, but I had to switch to a spotlight for personal reasons. I do, however, have my first impressions of this book down below.
Thank you to the TWR team for organizing this blog tour and for providing me with the promotional materials for this tour. Thank you to the author for sending me an digital copy of the book for this tour. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Title: Where David Threw Stones
Author: Elyse Hoffman
Publication Date: 27 September 2022
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Length: 442 Pages
From Goodreads: “Welcome to the Brennenbach of Midnight! The Curse Hours have begun.”
West Germany, 1968
When ten-year-old David Saidel’s parents are murdered by Neo-Nazis, he is sent to live with his grandfather in the anti-Semitic village of Brennenbach. David, miserable and lonely, finds solace in his kindly Grandpa Ernst, who has one strict rule: never go out after midnight.
One night, when David breaks curfew to search for his missing dog, he discovers why Ernst is so serious about his curfew: Brennenbach is cursed. When midnight strikes, the town is thrown back to 1943, the height of Hitler’s reign.
During the Curse Hours, the Nazi ghosts that infest Brennebach are just as dangerous as they were in life. They’re hunting for David because they think David is the last remaining member of the Kogan family. Whatever happened to the Kogan’s caused the Curse, and David and his grandfather won’t be safe until he finds a way to end it.
Through the help of a little girl named Maria Rahm, the daughter of a vicious Nazi Lieutenant, he sets out to uncover the truth behind the Kogan’s. Can he end the Curse that plagues the town of Brennenbach before it claims another victim?
This spellbinding Historical WW2 Fantasy Novel is a story of a ten-year-old boy’s loss, redemption, and ultimate courage. Award-winning author Elyse Hoffman has crafted an expertly woven tale of World War II’s horrors. This thrilling story is perfect for readers of Marcus Zusak’s “The Book Thief,” John Boyne’s “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” or Michael Reit’s “Beyond the Tracks.”
This book is unique and I haven’t encountered anything like it before. The blending of historical fiction and fantasy makes this book haunting and unforgettable. The writing is excellent and the author does a wonderful job painting a vivid picture of the town that this story takes place in.
This book deals with some very heavy subject matter. Unfortunately, I’m not in right headspace right now to get lost in a book like this, so I had to take a break from reading it. I’m hoping that one day I’ll be able to finish it.
Elyse Hoffman is an award-winning author who strives to tell historical tales with new twists. She loves to meld WWII and Jewish history with fantasy, folklore, and the paranormal. She has written six works of Holocaust historical fiction: The Barracks of the Holocaust five-book series and The Book of Uriel. Elyse’s books are the way to go if you love history and want to read some unique stories.