(Note: I was given a free copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own.)
In 1933, 9 million Jews lived in Europe. During the era of the Holocaust, the Nazis murdered 6 million of them. That means 2 out of 3 Jews were killed.
Such a tragedy!
The book Max’s Diamonds is about a Jewish family who survived the Holocaust and immigrated to America. But the Holocaust haunted them and was a silent black cloud that hung over them.
Before he commits suicide, cousin Max gives fourteen-year-old Paul (the main character) a note and a key. Max had a fortune in diamonds in several bank vaults in multiple cities and countries and that key provided access to some of the diamonds.
Paul didn’t know the whole dark history of how Max came to have the diamonds. But Paul didn’t want to have anything to do with them so he threw the key into the ocean. However, thoughts of Max and his secret cache of diamonds haunted Paul throughout his life.
Later, those diamonds helped to pay for Paul’s college education and law school tuition at Ivy League universities.
Paul marries Sybil (whose Jewish parents were affluent social climbers) and her wedding ring contained one of Max’s diamonds. Their relationship becomes strained because Paul spends so much time working and because Sybil couldn’t follow her ambition to be a flautist in a prestigious ensemble in England.
Then a stranger from his past confronts Paul with an impossible demand. What will Paul do? How can he handle the situation? This demand could destroy his law career and even his marriage.
I’m not going to spoil it and tell you how the book ends. You’ll have to read it to find out. You’ll be glad you did.
Max’s Diamonds is a captivating read. You’re drawn in by the secrets, the lies, the intertwining relationships. It is fast-paced and thought-provoking to the very end, a story that will stay with you even after you’ve finished the book and placed it back on your bookshelf.
I give this book two thumbs up!
Jay Greenfield, the author, is a retired lawyer. This is his debut novel and I hope he writes more! I think he has the potential to be a great novelist that writes compelling and intriguing books.
You can get a copy of this book on Amazon for $16.