I really like Ariana Franklin's books, I'm sad there will be no more of them. I think what I like best about them are the wonderful complex, flawed, unpredictable characters. Also there are usually at least one or two scenes in each book where I suddenly feel like I've been transported to the time and place she's writing about, and am feeling what it would have been like to have been there.
In this one it was a terrifying moment in pre war Berlin watching a Nazi rally light up the night and knowing the light of civilization was guttering out.
I've also read a fair about about Anna Anderson and I feel like she really portrayed her convincingly while at the same time showing me how it was possible to have sympathy for her in a way I didn't before.