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The Boy Who Saw: A Solomon Creed Novel    by Simon Toyne order for
Boy Who Saw
by Simon Toyne
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William Morrow, 2017 (2017)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

The Boy Who Saw by Simon Toyne is a difficult novel to read. This book reminds us all of what we must not forget. The Holocaust. The novel brings to mind what the world found so hard to believe. That so many human beings were sent to death camps there to be gassed and their dead bodies burned.

We, none of us, want to remember that period of time. But we must not forget. We cannot let it happen again. The premise of The Boy Who Saw is that there is a movement afoot to help the Nazis rise again and continue their scheme to take over the world.

In Cordes, France an elderly tailor is tortured and murdered. His granddaughter has been researching their family tree against the old man's wishes. He was afraid of what this would bring into their lives - rightly so. A stranger, Solomon Creed, appears and offers his assistance as the granddaughter and her small son leave Cordes, seeking clues to lead them to the old man's murderer.

What is so telling in this well-written book are the dark pages inserted to relate one person's captivity in one of the death camps. I was only twelve when the news brought us all pictures of those liberated from Hell. I still remember those skeletal figures emerging from the barracks, and wondering how anyone could still be alive who looked so starved. Read The Boy Who Saw and be reminded.

Simon Toyne is a best-selling author of The Searcher as well as The Sanctus Trilogy, and his books are sold in over fifty countries and translated into twenty-seven languages.

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