The Prison Child
How will we get by the guards? It seems impossible. Yet we will be dead by the end of the week if we don’t—my precious girl and I have nothing to lose by trying.
Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, 1943: In Theresienstadt concentration camp, a brown-eyed baby girl is born in darkness, surrounded by barbed wire. The innocent new-born has no hope of surviving—unless, by some kind of miracle, she is able to escape…
In New York, over a decade later, Annie listens to her mother and father’s urgent whispers on her twelfth birthday. “They’re going to find out that she doesn’t belong to us. She’ll be taken away.”
The little girl’s world crumbles. That day, her search for answers begins…
Everything in Annie’s life is a lie. As she grows older, she pieces together the fragments of her past. With a broken heart, she uncovers a story of bravery in the face of evil, hope amongst darkness, and forbidden love—the kind of love that takes immense courage.
Will the secret of who she really is come to light? And can she ever be reunited with her birth family—if they’re even alive?
Fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Choice, and Orphan Train will be utterly glued to this unforgettable tale. It may break your heart, but it will piece it back together…
This book was previously published as The Other Blue Sky.
Readers love The Prison Child:
“An absolute WOW of a read… It is beautifully written and I was in tears one minute and the next in awe… I absolutely loved it and have already recommended it several of my friends. Worth all the stars.” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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“An amazing heart-tearing, soul-wrenching journey… I don’t think I have managed to read any of Shari J. Ryan’s books without having the desire to hug someone with all of my might by the time the story ends.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This story will live in my memory like only a handful have. A wonderful story of pain and love. Unforgettable. Thanks to Ms. Ryan for this gift.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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