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Code Name Verity meets Gone Girl in this intricately plotted and stunningly told World War II thriller that will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page of this unforgettable story of bravery, grief, and love in impossible times.

The missing girl is Jewish. I need you to find her before the Nazis do.

Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion.

On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman’s frantic plea to find a person—a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action.

Meticulously researched, intricately plotted, and beautifully written, Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinary, gripping novel from a bright new voice in historical fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Girl in the Blue Coat is a powerful, compelling coming-of-age story set against the dark and dangerous backdrop of World War II. It’s an important and page-turning look at the choices all of us—including young adults—have to make in wartime. A beautiful combination of heartbreak, loss, young love, and hope.”

    Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Every devastating moment of this beautiful novel is both poignant and powerful, and every word feels true.”

    Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Connects a modern teenagers’ sensibility with a time and place young readers will know from The Diary of Anne Frank in this intelligent and humane historical mystery.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Powerful, taught and intelligent…the historical setting is rendered the way only an expert can do it.”

    Washington Post

  • “Riveting…a gripping historical mystery.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Skillfully combines reality with fiction…Hesse’s pacing infuses her story with thriller suspense, enriching the narrative with dramatic surprises both small and large.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This fast-paced story is alternately touching, heart-pounding and wrenching-but always gripping.”

    VOYA (starred review)

  • “The themes of love, betrayal, heroism, social responsibility, and atonement are beautifully intertwined with well-developed characters and a compelling story line. Thoroughly researched, this work brings history alive in a clear and concise way that rings true.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Natalia Payne’s flat narration captures the detached emotions of eighteen-year-old Hanneke…At the peak of the horror, Hanneke’s honesty emerges, and Payne’s reading becomes more emotional. Suzanne Toren’s authoritatively voiced author’s notes follow, as well as a conversation with the author, narrator, and editors.”


  • “This is a stunning literary work as well as a wonderful addition to WWII and Holocaust collections.”


  • “Not only an intriguing missing persons case, it’s a poignant, wonderfully crafted story of love and loss, courage and redemption.”

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