This book is my introduction to John Steinbergs’ work. Three Days in Vienna is a story that intrigued me; just the mention of the ‘kindertransport’ had me. Before I tell you more about the book, here is the synopsis.
Elizabeth McCreary’s mother Lillian Frankl was a child of the Kindertransport – but she refuses to speak of the past. Determined to learn more, Elizabeth flies to Vienna on the start of a life-changing journey.
At home in London, her lawyer husband Anthony is facing disgrace. Vast sums have been siphoned off from his firm’s client account to support the far right British Independent Party of which his father, William, is Treasurer. William’s close links with the Crediton Trust in Devon, a pharmaceutical company of prestige and power, are helping to make his political ambitions a reality. However, behind the big-business façade of Crediton lies a dark past rooted in Nazi Germany, of theft and the sinister use to which its drugs were put during World War Two.
For the McCrearys, one astounding revelation follows another. Nothing can ever be the same – and all roads lead inexorably back to Vienna.
A well written book that flowed so well that I didn’t want to put it down. We meet Elizabeth McCreary, who makes the decision to discover her family’s history. Her mother was a child of the Kindertransport but refuses to speak of it. If she wants to find out, she needs to visit Vienna. Elizabeth decides to go there and try to fill the gaps.
During her stay in Vienna, she finds more than she bargains for. The lies and secrets she unearths along the way are ones that will change her life and even those of the victims of the Second World War.
I was so curious to see exactly what would happen, and with the historical side of the story, I was in my element. One of my favourite genres is historical fiction, and this ticked that box. Every character in this book is unique and they play their own part in the unfolding of the story.
A perfectly paced book with three-dimensional characters who truly add to the richness of the story. I loved being whisked to Vienna, I have always wanted to go there!
John Steinberg has definitely piqued my interest in finding out about his other novels, too. This is his fifth book, so I would love to read his other work.
Thanks to ZooLoo’s Book Tours and John Steinbeck for the gifted copy of the book.
Born and raised in North London in 1952, John still lives in the city with his wife and three children. Privately educated, John left school after ‘A’ levels and completed a business diploma in what is now the University of Westminster, before entering banking.
He started training as an accountant but did not complete the course, choosing a position in his family’s furniture manufacturing business instead. John started his own mergers and acquisitions business in 1987, which he ran for almost 20 years before quitting to become a full time writer in 2007.
John has co-written and produced comedies for the stage and has created a series of books for children. “Previously, I had only been interested in comedy and finally started to write down the things I said or thought of. That led me to co-write and produce a play, In the Balance, and then W for Banker – which appeared at the New End Theatre, Hampstead. It was then I decided to quit the world of business in favour of writing full-time, and move toward more serious subjects. My first novel has taken two years to write and is the first in a series of books I am calling the ‘Steinberg Stories’.”
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