I read The Hiding Place
when I was a child who couldn't get enough of World War II history. After tiring of blitzkrieg
adventures, spy missions in Vichy France, accounts of the siege of Stalingrad and the firebombing of Tokyo, I eventually became interested in the state of prison camps under the control of the Axis. The Hiding Place
was one of the books that resulted from that interest.
Today I suppose I would only give the novel two stars, but when I read it long ago, I was intrigued both by the secret compartment in the Ten Boom house and by Corrie's tale of survival. The story is likely quite similar to other tales of survival in Nazi-controlled Europe, but it certainly interested me back then.