Coming July 12, 2022!
The Soviet Sisters
Sisters Vera and Marya were brought up to be good Soviets, willing to risk their lives fighting the Germans on the Eastern front. Posted to Berlin in 1947, they’re ready to live in the glow of victory and the pleasures of peace. But the sisters soon find themselves mired in conflicts that are shaping a new world order. And where one sister thinks she can be free, the other has a wholly different take on what freedom is…
Nine years later, Marya is a prisoner in a Siberian work camp when Vera, a doyenne of the KGB, has cause to reopen her case file and investigate the facts behind her sister’s conviction all those years ago in Berlin. As Vera retraces the steps that brought them both to that pivotal moment in 1947, she unravels unexpected truths and discoveries that call into question the very history the Soviets are working hard to cover up.
Epic and intimate, layered and complex, The Soviet Sisters is a gripping story of spies, blackmail, and double, triple bluff. With her dexterous plotting and talent for teasing out moral ambiguity, Anika Scott expertly portrays a story about love, conflicting world views, and loyalty and betrayal between sisters.
William Morrow / HarperCollins, 2022
The German Heiress
Clara Falkenberg, once Germany’s most eligible and lauded heiress, earned the nickname “the Iron Fräulein” during World War II for her role operating her family’s ironworks empire. It’s been nearly two years since the war ended and she’s now left with nothing but a false identification card and a series of burning questions about the dark secrets of her family’s past. With nowhere else to run to, she decides to come out of hiding and return home to Essen and take refuge with her dear friend, Elisa.
Narrowly escaping a near-disastrous interrogation by a British officer who’s hell-bent on arresting her for war crimes, she arrives in Essen to discover the city in ruins, and Elisa missing. Alone and in fear of what the future holds, she sets out to find Elisa and reveal the truth of her family.
As Clara begins tracking down Elisa, she encounters Jakob Relling, a charismatic young man working on the black market, who, for his own reasons, is also searching for Elisa. Clara and Jakob soon discover how they might help each other survive in this world of unrest—as long as they can stay ahead of the British officer determined to make Clara answer for her family’s complicity in the Nazi regime.
Propulsive, meticulously researched, and action-fueled, The German Heiress is a mesmerizing page-turner filled with vivid characters and a dramatically nuanced portrait of post-war Germany. In this riveting story of courage and morality, Anika Scott deftly shines the spotlight on the often-overlooked perspective of Germans who were caught in the crossfire of the Nazi regime and had nowhere to turn.
William Morrow / HarperCollins, 2020