The Taster

The Taster Review

Amid the turbulence of World War II, a young German woman finds a precarious haven closer to the source of danger than she ever imagined--one that will propel her through the extremes of privilege and terror under Hitler's dictatorship . . .

In early 1943, Magda Ritter's parents send her to relatives in Bavaria, hoping to keep her safe from the Allied bombs strafing Berlin. Young German women are expected to do their duty--working for the Reich or marrying to produce strong, healthy children. After an interview with the civil service, Magda is assigned to the Berghof, Hitler's mountain retreat. Only after weeks of training does she learn her assignment: she will be one of several young women tasting the Fuhrer's food, offering herself in sacrifice to keep him from being poisoned.

Perched high in the Bavarian Alps, the Berghof seems worlds away from the realities of battle. Though terrified at first, Magda gradually becomes used to her dangerous occupation--though she knows better than to voice her misgivings about the war. But her love for a conspirator within the SS, and her growing awareness of the Reich's atrocities, draw Magda into a plot that will test her wits and loyalty in a quest for safety, freedom, and ultimately, vengeance.

Vividly written and ambitious in scope, The Taster examines the harrowing moral dilemmas of war in an emotional story filled with acts of extraordinary courage.

Title:The Taster
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Lindsay

    5 stars! This was a captivating, suspenseful, addictive and fascinating read! This story revolves around Magda Ritter, a young woman employed by Hitler during WWII. Magda blindly applied for work with...

  • Holly  B

    4.5It's 1943- Magda Ritter, young ,naive and German. She is a food taster for the Fuhrer.Her position would place her in the Teahouse at Hitler's Berghof, The Wolf's Lair and The Furer's Bunker in Ber...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    (Please excuse the really bad pun! I can’t believe I’m using it! 😬 )4 delicious stars to The Taster! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ The Taster was highly recommended by my friend, Holly. Who knew there were f...

  • Brenda

    I was lost in a coulee reading The Taster with Lindsay and this one really surprised us and not what we were expecting. The Taster gave us a different perspective on WWII than we are used to reading ...

  • Marialyce

    4 starsIt is ironic that I never considered that there would have been women whose job it was to taste the food that was prepared for Hitler. Also, it was ironic that all of these tasters were women, ...

  • Megan

    I thought this book was fabulous !!! And, I felt like it was a bit ironic that I finished it yesterday, on the 73rd anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s death. The plot which centered around Magda Ritter...

  • Dawn Michelle

    Wow. I requested this book because it sounded interesting. I had no idea just how in-depth it would be and just how much this book would affect me. I cannot even imagine what life must have been like ...

  • Deanne Patterson

    An absolutely amazing novel loosely based on an interview a 95 year old woman gave several years ago that was a taster for Hitler. It was fascinating to read about the many books the author has read o...

  • Sue

    This is a different look at World War II than readers are used to reading. The Taster is from the perspective of a young German girl and is about life inside Germany during the war. It's a coming of a...

  • Annette

    There are many good novels on the subject of WWII. What makes this book stand out is a new angle, something never told before. The idea of this book was prompted by an account of Margot Woelk, a real ...