So this is one of the books I acquired from ALA….and right off the bat…I loved the cover. It is what caught my eye and made me very excited to read. I was lucky enough to have met the author, Kim Van Alkemade at ALA. Such a lovely lady!
But back to the book…it was such a
good GREAT read! At first I was a little skeptical but it started throwing me these slight twists that kept me going. This book is about a woman, Rachel Rabinowitz, who at four years old was placed into the Hebrew Infant Home following her mother’s tragic death. Rachel was then selected to be one of many subjects for medical experiments. The reason behind using orphans as subjects is because you are able o control every part of their lives without dealing with parental consent.
The way the book is set up is every chapter alternates between the present (Rachel as a nurse) and the past (Rachel as the 4-year-old orphan.) You get a sense of how Rachel came to be who she is now with those chapters of the past.