In this first story, we meet the hero and heroine, husband and wife team Annalise Meissner and Standartenfuhrer Heinrich Friedmann of the Reich's Secret Service, the SD. I am loath to give away any of the plot, but this former ballet dancer Annalise and her new husband team up to work against the Third Reich.
Although I found some of the horrors of the war were necessarily brushed over by the author, I do totally understand that this book was written from the German perspective and more than that it was written from the perspective of those high up and instrumental in implementing the "final solution". Quite naturally those responsible for such a barbaric and inhumane program found their work satisfying and rewarding. I'm sure they did joke amongst themselves about gassing those "dirty jews", but to be honest, as a reader, it was pretty hard to accept at times. I commend the author for sticking to her perspective and not allowing herself to moralize too much. This was a story of genocide from the perspective of those committing the genocide and as such, they were proud of their exceptional methods of "ethnic cleansing", regardless of how hard it was to read at times.
I did like the author's writing style and found it a very difficult book to put down. Her character development, I felt was great. When I start shouting at a character when she is about to do something; "Oh God, woman don't be so damn stupid!"you know the author has gotten the character into your head.
This was an excellent read from my perspective and it makes me want to read the next book, Gruppenfuhrer's Mistress. We saw enough of the Gruppenfuhrer in book one to fascinate and I am keen to see where Annalise takes this relationship in book two. Now, if that's not the sign of a well-written, enjoyable book, I don't know what is. Despite a few flaws, I am still prepared to give Standartenfuhrer's Wife the full five stars, if only because it makes me want to read Book II, which is the greatest compliment I can pay Author Midwood.