I Must Betray You (Hardcover)
They say reading teaches us empathy - Ruta Sepetys is an excellent teacher. Her writing draws you into the story and emotionally connects you to the characters. This was a troubling time in history and she captures all the fear, paranoia and wide ranging emotions these people felt. An excellent, well written and suspenseful Historical Fiction novel that shares not only a time in history but connects you with how that time felt.— Jill
Romania, 1989. Communist regimes are crumbling across Europe. Seventeen-year-old Cristian Florescu dreams of becoming a writer, but Romanians aren’t free to dream; they are bound by rules and force.
Amidst the tyrannical dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu in a country governed by isolation and fear, Cristian is blackmailed by the secret police to become an informer. He’s left with only two choices: betray everyone and everything he loves—or use his position to creatively undermine the most notoriously evil dictator in Eastern Europe.
Cristian risks everything to unmask the truth behind the regime, give voice to fellow Romanians, and expose to the world what is happening in his country. He eagerly joins the revolution to fight for change when the time arrives. But what is the cost of freedom?
Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys is back with a historical thriller that examines the little-known history of a nation defined by silence, pain, and the unwavering conviction of the human spirit.