'A magnificent story told with exceptional restraint ... the kind of story that makes you marvel at humankind’s ability to adapt and survive in the face of so much adversity.' Reading Matters

 

'Written in a surprisingly off-hand style, the book exposes the horror of the Holocaust. ...There are moments of humor mixed in with unimaginable images of torture and suffering.' Caribousmom

 

'For all its moments of brilliance (and there are quite a few), Chasing the King of Hearts is not an easy novel to like.' A Novel Approach

 

'We make decisions all the time, trivial decisions about how to spend our day or what to buy or who to visit, and for the most part it makes little difference which course we choose. But in circumstances like Izolda’s, the consequences are magnified, and trivial decisions lead to deaths, separations and arrests.' Andrew Blackman

 

'If you think this sounds like another three-hankie piece of Holocaust Lit though, you'd be mistaken... the fact that there's a war going on is just a technicality...' Tony's Reading List

 

'Continues to haunt long after the book is finished and placed back on a bookshelf.'  Necessary Fiction

 

'Krall has ensured that her novel does not merely portray the experiences of one woman and her family, but of an entire nation of people.' Kirsty Hewitt, Nudge

 

'Krall demonstrates that it’s through our human relationships we can survive terrible adversity, and it is those common threads of humanity we must remember if we are to avoid more genocide.' Sabotage

 

'Chasing the King of Hearts is an amazing account of a young woman's persistence and determination against the might of the German invaders and the horrors of the Holocaust.' Our Book Reviews

 

'It seems to me that this combination of a true story..., an author with first-hand experience of her subject and the theatrical approach to its translation makes for a truly amazing book.' A Discount Ticket for Everywhere

 

'One of the most striking things about this novel (and there are many) is its voice: matter-of-fact and profoundly ironic, it describes horrors that most people still struggle to comprehend.' Alison Burns, BookOxygen