The author starts off the story with an event, introduces characters, actions, and circumstances. Carefully, she then tells the background story of the characters and circumstances, leading you to understand what created the personalities and their actions. The times are extraordinary. The characters are engulfed in the distopia of wartime London and are forced to be stripped down to their basic character, for better or worse. So the going is slow; the audiobook is quite long, not really picking up momentum until about halfway through. But the payoff if there, leaving the reader understanding who these people are, and why they act the way they do. For any anglophile, the description of wartime London is truly absorbing. The author seems have have meticulously researched this period, and the setting she creates for the story is very satisfying. Ultimately, this book is a human drama, not so much a mystery; a few moments of intense action and a lot of more quiet examination. 4 stars overall due to the pace. Narration is excellent, she does an excellent job subtly differentiating the voices for the various characters.
British accent of the story teller always makes me laugh but the story was good and I learned a little about life during the war. Few questions were left unanswered but with all the jumping around I probably just missed it
Never heard of this writer or the book. Just got it because I was looking for a cheap book and it was on sale. It was the BEST book I have ever read! AMAZING! It keep you guessing and ypu think you know what will happen and you will probably be wrong:) So good!!
It started a little slowly but I think that it was important for the development of the characters. Good story about second chances and a glimpse into how circumstances can shape our decisions.
The narrator's subtle performance enhances this riveting story.
If you enjoy war time tales and mysteries that keep you guessing, you can't miss.
The writing is smooth, although the frequent shifts between decades and characters keep the reader engaged.