AUTHOR: CHRISTINE WELLS• GENRE: HISTORICAL FICTION • PAGES: 344 • RRP: $32.99 • RELEASE DATE: 30 April 2018 • PUBLISHER: PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE • IMPRINT: MICHAEL JOSEPH
It’s 1947 and the war is over, but Juliet Barnard is still tormented by secrets. She was a British agent and wireless operator in occupied Paris until her mission went critically wrong. Juliet was caught by the Germans, imprisoned and tortured in a mansion in Paris’s Avenue Foch.
Now that she’s home, Juliet can’t – or won’t – relive the horrors that occurred in that place. Nor will she speak about Sturmbannf3hrer Strasser, the manipulative Nazi who held her captive. . .
Haunted by the guilt of betrayal, the last thing Juliet wants is to return to Paris. But when Mac, an SAS officer turned Nazi-hunter, demands her help searching for his sister, Denise, she can’t refuse. Denise and Juliet trained together before being dropped behind enemy lines. Unlike Juliet, Denise never made it home. Certain Strasser is the key to discovering what happened to his sister, Mac is determined to find answers – but will the truth destroy Juliet?
Hmm. This is a hard one. I didn’t dislike this book I just found it boring. I know authors like to build suspense, I get that. They want us to be so absorbed in the story that we can’t wait to find out what will happen to our beloved characters. But sometimes it is too much.
I feel that Wells got too bogged down in the idea of suspense and not letting any secrets being revealed, so much so that the first three quarters of the book just laboured on and on. We finally find out about what Juliet did in the last quarter and you know what? It wasn’t shocking. It wasn’t terrible. I don’t know why it was a secret. The ending of the book had a nice twist, but also meant that things got tied up in a neat little bow. As a reader it didn’t seem necessary.
Overall the book has been well written, but I felt the “big reveal” was not justified by the “suspense” leading up to it.
Overall Rating:￼￼￼￼ ￼￼☕￼￼☕￼￼☕￼￼￼￼￼￼ 3/5 teacups
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Happy reading x