My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Captivating and cleverly written novel. An author reveals the story behind the name of the book in the very first chapter. As Vaclav’s story goes back and forth between 1948 and 1968, it unveils the reason behind his character.
Fifteen-year-old Vaclav escapes Czechoslovakia in 1948, leaving behind his widowed mother. His best friend, and love of his life Irina is by his side. However the bullets they run from strikes Irina. Her last word to Vaclav is “Go!”. A scared young boy leaves his lover behind and runs for his life. However he keeps something of Irina’s in his heart and mind for the rest of his life…
Vaclav struggles during his first years away from Czechoslovakia. Nevertheless, he meets a few people along the way that help him built his new life in the land of all immigrants – New York City. Years go by, reforms change and now a US citizen Vaclav has a chance to go back to Czechoslovakia and see his mother for the first time in twenty years. During this visit, he learns a secret she kept from him all those years.
Irina’s Eye is an outstanding page-turner novel with an unexpected twist at the end. As I flipped page after page, I could not get enough of Vaclav’s story. This is a brilliant historical novel from a gifted writer, Harris Freedman. A masterclass in uniting a strong storyline. It is utterly unique. Highly recommended it!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.