Ella Kühn now in her twenties, faithfully awaits the end of “spoiler alert” ‘s ten-year military sentence, yearning for the moment they will finally be together.
A mysterious disappearance, startling news from the West and surprising betrayal wrench Ella’s dedicated resolve in shocking directions. Her stubborn curiosity and devotion to those she loves pushes her to pursue answers in the face of doubt, danger and even death.
In Deception, book 2 of the “Berlin Butterfly” series, Ella’s search for light in an ever-growing darkness introduces her to new friends, perilous associations and deadly exploits. Will “spoiler alert” ’s love and the belief that he will return be enough to keep Ella on the East side of the wall? Or does heartache and treachery push her to join the family and a life of freedom she longs for?
With the flashlight tightly between my teeth, I crawled on all four limbs underneath the boards. Surprisingly, I managed it easily with room to spare, not even touching what appeared to be fragile wooden slats. It was a good ten steps before another room appeared, filled with debris though not a cave-in as assumed. I stood upright. Concrete blocks and rubbish challenged another small entry but didn’t completely obstruct it. Maneuvering past and down that hall, a circular stairway came into view. Again, the blackness was impenetrable with my torch, yet my step to the first metal rung was without hesitation. My fingers clutched the railing as if I would plunge to my death. Each subsequent step, a chill nipped upward, and a slight breeze fanned my skirt as I descended. Emotion swelled my chest. What would I find? What lay ahead?
When my foot reached a dirt floor, I spun around to behold a few chairs, a table, and an unhinged door lying against the wall. Rubbing my cold arms, I stepped closer to the door. My fingers reached out and ran along the edges, but as I gripped it, they turned ice cold. I pulled the door carefully towards me as a frigid draft escaped. With a wider rift, a black corridor appeared, blocked by a small cart filled with dirt. My heart nearly stopped.