I jammed through this book. I felt like I was moving through jam. I wanted to enjoy the book and get through it as quickly as possible. The train moved slowly and there were sandwiches; chocolate, sex, sometimes in that order, the universe kept turning around and the Germans kept coming until there were—finally—Germans all around them. The nature of war in Europe over the last century—one is eventually surrounded by Germans. The thrust and pivot of this book is the dark girl and you can’t take your eyes off her. Why aren’t there more books like this?