This is the dual story of seventeen year old Nicole finding Mac's old journal in the cellar of the new house her and her mother have just moved into. Mac's journal is his recollections of being in the wrong place at the wrong time in the second world war and ending up at Auschwitz.
Sometimes with a dual time story I might not like one side of the story or the other or sometimes the transition between the two times can jar, but this story was extremely well put together. The two parts seem as though it's just one person reading another's story, but as the story unfolds we see where the two lives overlap.
Nicole seems like a lovely girl, I felt her parents' story was the only bit that slightly let the book down. However Mac's story was heartbreaking at times. Even though the descriptions of Mac's experiences in the concentration camp are hard to read it was sensitively done.
This author can turn his hand to numerous genres and is fast becoming my favourite author.