I don’t know what I was expecting when I picked up The Zookeeper’s Wife, but it certainly wasn’t this. I knew from reading a couple of reviews that this was a non-fiction account, but I wasn’t expecting the author to add so many fictionalised scenes and moments. It made for a very strange mixture.
I think if the book had been purely biographical, I would have enjoyed it more. Instead the author added extra scenes and bits and pieces with the characters that drew me out of the book. It felt like the author couldn’t decide whether to keep this book entirely non-fiction or not. Maybe she wanted to add some excitement.
I’m going to watch the movie, because I feel like this story would be better told on screen. It can’t get much worse than the book, anyway!