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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Savage Kultur is a work of intense personal dramatic and historical fiction penned by author Monique Roy. Set in the Holocaust literature genre during the period of the Second World War and two generations later, this engaging work centers on Ava, a Jewish art student who suddenly inherits her grandfather’s gallery in London. Acting on his final wish, Ava begins a journey to discover a valued Van Gogh which was looted by the Nazis in 1937. As Ava unpicks this complex journey, we begin to travel between her timeline and that of the war itself, where we find out what ordinary people had to do to survive under the power of the Nazis and their wishes.
Author Monique Roy has created a complex, deceptively quick read that sucks its audience into a web of investigation, history, art, action, and adventure. After a relatively heavy scene-setting moment, the plot rockets off into a clever intertwining of past and present which focuses on the real experiences of ordinary people who are caught in the blurred lines of what is right and wrong at the time of the rise of Hitler. The buried secrets are masterfully unveiled with some very clever and seamless techniques, whilst Ava and her FBI agent companion Gordon develop thoroughly, growing with the plot itself into wiser, stronger people by virtue of what they discover. Overall, A Savage Kultur is an excellent work of interpersonal drama with a solid mystery plot, and will surely satisfy wartime fiction fans with its intense action and atmospheric style.