The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy

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In the tradition of All The Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, comes an incandescent debut novel about a young Dutch man who comes of age during the perilousness of World War II.

Beginning in the summer of 1939, fourteen-year-old Jacob Koopman and his older brother, Edwin, enjoy lives of prosperity and quiet contentment. Many of the residents in their small Dutch town have some connection to the Koopman lightbulb factory, and the locals hold the family in high esteem.

On days when they aren’t playing with friends, Jacob and Edwin help their Uncle Martin on his fishing boat in the North Sea, where German ships have become a common sight. But conflict still seems unthinkable, even as the boys’ father naively sends his sons to a Hitler Youth Camp in an effort to secure German business for the factory.

When war breaks out, Jacob’s world is thrown into chaos. The Boat Runner follows Jacob over the course of four years, through the forests of France, the stormy beaches of England, and deep within the secret missions of the German Navy, where he is confronted with the moral dilemma that will change his life—and his life’s mission—forever.

Epic in scope and featuring a thrilling narrative with precise, elegant language, The Boat Runner tells the little-known story of the young Dutch boys who were thrown into the Nazi campaign, as well as the brave boatmen who risked everything to give Jewish refugees safe passage to land abroad. Through one boy’s harrowing tale of personal redemption, here is a novel about the power of people’s stories and voices to shine light through our darkest days, until only love prevails. 

Title : The Boat Runner
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ISBN : 0062658018
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 400 pages


Angela M rated it ★★★★★

August 27, 2017

So many books tell of the magnitude of WWII - taking so many lives, impacting so many people, the Holocaust, the death, losses of loved ones and homes . This is the story of one town in Holland, the story of one family, representative of so many families in occupied countries and how their lives...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

September 16, 2017

A fantastic debut novel. It is 1939, Jacob is 14 years old, his father owns and runs a light manufacturing plant in their Dutch town. He looks up to his brother Edwin, and adores his mother, respects his father, who has made a very decent living for this small family. This begins to change with t...

Dorie rated it ★★★★☆

September 05, 2017

I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher and Edelweiss. This was one really good debut novel! Reading it, feeling it pull me in, experience some beautiful prose “the sun dropped to the water and disappeared below it. It made all the sailing boats look like lean, long-necked birds paddlin...

Jenni rated it ★★★★★

June 11, 2017

This book is not for the faint of heart. But that's what I liked about it. Murphy has a wonderfully clear, direct, stark writing style that is also descriptive, vivid, and raw. I found it very interesting to see WWII through the eyes of a teenage Dutch boy as he grapples with loss, love, right/wr...

Caryn rated it ★★★★★

September 05, 2017

This is a book I will not soon forget. A read perfect for fans of All the Light We Cannot See, City of Thieves, and The Nightingale. Full review and giveaway on my blog:

Manchester Military History Society (MMHS) rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 27, 2017

Major factual errors A book I wanted to like and appears to get good reviews, however I really struggled with this. Whilst the story was reasonably strong there were lots of major factual errors and very unlikely scenarios which seriously impacted on my enjoyment of the book to the point I didn't...

S.J. rated it ★★★★★

May 08, 2017

Boat Runner follows the story of a Dutch boy named Jacob as he grows up during WWII. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Devin Murphy deftly balances character development and interiority with a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat story. This is the best kind of literary fiction--one that doesn't fall shor...

Jenny rated it ★★★★★

June 29, 2017

This book blew me away. It's much more than a coming-of-age story, though it is that too; it's a novel of family and war on a scale that is both grandly epic and intimately personal. And the writing is luminous--expertly crafted. The best WWII novel I've read in a long, long time.

Becca rated it ★★★★★

September 23, 2017

This is an honest book. Sure there are allies and enemies in war, there has to be, but this novel is a painful and honest look at survival. It is dynamic in its story and the pace never let up. The language was poetic & poignant. Although it is being compared to some heavy hitting novels such...

Mike rated it ★★★★★

June 25, 2017

This book is one of my all-time favorites. I love epics that run your through all of your emotions as the pages fly by and the world changes. This was done beautifully in The Boat Runner. Many of the chapters stood on their own like little short stories; and when they joined together, they delive...

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