Set in the 20th century and spanning generations, On the Sickle’s Edge chronicles a Jewish family’s struggle to survive in Soviet Russia. Lena Shtein, born in South Africa of Latvian parents, suffers her first loss at birth. Following the death of her mother delivering twins, Lena’s father divides his family, leaving his two older sons behind in South Africa, and travels back to Latvia with his three younger children. Neville Frankel has written a compelling novel – part saga, part historical fiction, and part thriller – as the family endures the persecution associated with their faith, and makes the decisions necessary for them to survive.
What an amazing book! Frankel is a master story-teller, with vivid imagery and nail-biting suspense. The historical aspect of this novel would have been enough to keep me interested, but the story about Lena’s granddaughter, Darya, and her violent KGB husband kept me up late reading every night. I’d like to thank TLC Book Tours for allowing me to read and review this excellent novel. I am only asked to provide an honest review and here it is: go out and buy this book, it’s fantastic!
5 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2016
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