Personal rating: 4/5
Yearly count: 15
Rachel’s Secret is a historical novel set in Kishinev in 1903. Back then, Kishinev was still Russian, though now it’s the capital of Moldova. Early in the year, the Jewish Rachel witnesses the murder of a Christian boy. Forced to keep silent, suspicion falls to the Jewish community. Tensions rise as prejudice and rumors abound and eventually it all comes to a head.
I really enjoyed this story. Rachel’s Secret is a well written book, with writing that flows and makes reading this books fast and easy, despite the topic. It’s well researched and that shows, without letting the details overwhelm the story. I don’t know if this book is marketed as young adult, but I think it would be a good book for young adults. At its core, the story is a coming of age tale. It’s also the first in a trilogy, and I do think I’d be interested in reading the other two. But, the story stands very well on its own. Recommended for those who like historical fiction and coming of age stories.