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Less a mystery unsolved than a secret well kept.         

The mystery has haunted generations since the Second World War: who betrayed Anne Frank and her family? And why? 

Now, thanks to radical new technology and the obsession of a retired FBI agent, this book offers an answer. Rosemary Sullivan unfolds the story in a gripping, moving narrative. 

More than 30 million people have read The Diary of a Young Girl, the journal teenaged Anne Frank kept while living in an attic with her family and four other people in Amsterdam during World War II, until the Nazis arrested them and sent them to a concentration camp. But despite the many works - journalism, books, plays and novels - devoted to Anne’s story, none has ever conclusively explained how these eight people managed to live in hiding undetected for more than two years - and who or what finally brought the Nazis to their door.

With painstaking care, retired FBI agent Vincent Pankoke and a team of indefatigable investigators pored over tens of thousands of pages of documents - some never before seen - and interviewed scores of descendants of people familiar with the Franks. Utilising methods developed by the FBI, the Cold Case Team painstakingly pieced together the months leading to the infamous arrest - and came to a shocking conclusion. 

The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation is the riveting story of their mission. Rosemary Sullivan introduces us to the investigators, explains the behaviour of both the captives and their captors and profiles a group of suspects. All the while, she vividly brings to life wartime Amsterdam: a place where no matter how wealthy, educated, or careful you were, you never knew whom you could trust.

©2022 Rosemary Sullivan (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Enjoyed the story but marred by awful pronounciation

Great and immersive but a little drawn out. Overall I enjoyed it but it being read in such a strong American drawl (“Otto” becomes “Awto” and “office”, “awfice” etc.) regularly annoyed and broke the spell for me.Personally I think a European story should be read by a European. I mean imagine a New York story read in a South African accent.

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A secret well kept indeed

From the beginning I was gripped by this audio book. Most baby boomers, such as myself, grew up knowing the story of Anne Frank but not the ending. It is thoroughly researched and scholarly but don't let that put you off. I must admit to crying at the end.

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Harrowing and insightful

Superbly told and very engaging. Stories of individual acts of compassion and betrayal. Such a telling conclusion to a world renowned mystery.