The Changeling of the Third Reich


SYNOPSIS:  The year is 1968, and the Vietnam War is in full swing.  Dr. Bridget Castle, a neurosurgeon in Boston, handles the victims of anti-war protests, the casualties of war, and being a woman in a man’s profession with ease.  Her husband, her parents, and her patients all love and respect her, but her tight-knit world is in danger of unraveling when someone from her past shows up and threatens to expose her closest-held secret: That she is a Concentration Camp survivor.

For more than twenty-three years, Bridget has walked in the shoes of a girl killed in the Blitz, blurring the line of when her own identity as a German Jew ended and when she assumed the role of changeling.  If not for her childhood diary to remind her of all she endured, she would be completely successful in taking on the memories of the girl she replaced.  But when a patient from Germany is placed in her care, she finds herself unable to deny her past any longer.

Hold on tight as you travel with Bridget through the twists and turns of this psychological thriller, and watch her claim retribution as the former prisoner now holds the key in THE CHANGELING OF THE THIRD REICH.

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Word Count: 95,000
First Draft: November 1, 2019 – December 8, 2019
Status: Complete; Actively Seeking Representation
Genre: Psychological Thriller

HISTORY:  In February, 2014, I had the idea for this story, but was in the midst of so many other projects, I set it aside.  I knew this would require an exceptional amount of research, and I wanted to be able to give it my full attention.  For years, I looked forward to getting to this story, but due to lupus complications, I wasn’t able to commit to the time it would take to research.  In 2019, as NaNoWriMo approached, I happened to visit the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.  While this wasn’t nearly as expansive as the National Holocaust Museum in D.C. that I visited many years ago, it had a personal tour guide who answered questions and discussed many aspects of Concentration Camp survivors and their ordeals for more than two hours.  It was exactly the push I needed to declare this as my NaNoWriMo project. I finished NaNoWriMo with 81,100 words under my belt and finished the first draft a week later on December 8, 2019.

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QUICK PITCH:  After surviving multiple relocations throughout war-torn Europe, assuming the identity of a girl who was killed in the Blitz, and attending medical school during an era when such classes were offered predominantly to men, Dr. Bridget Castle holds tight to her dearest secret:  That she is a Concentration Camp survivor.  But when someone from her past shows up more than two decades later and threatens to unveil her past and open old wounds, there’s nothing Bridget won’t do to keep her secret safe.  Even if doing so forces her to go against all she’s ever believed in.  Her quest for retribution is challenging in this psychologically thrilling tale of The Diary of Anne Frank meets Carrie.

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2 thoughts on “The Changeling of the Third Reich

  1. As a beta reader for all of Rachel’s writing projects this book was one of my favorites. This book was historically accurate, fast-paced, entertaining, and a real mystery. It is a book that is very hard to put down!

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