I’d read a lot of buzz about how great this book was but still went in not knowing what to expect.
The bones are this: two British girls become friends during WWII – one is a pilot, one is a spy. The story takes place after a mission goes wrong.
I’m not much for torture porn – I can’t watch those Hostel and Saw movies, and American Psycho (the book) nauseated me early in and I had to drop it – so this book does a very good job of alluding to things you know must be taking place without spelling them out so graphically that I couldn’t keep reading. You get an appropriate sense of horror and empathy for the terror experienced by the narrator.
The story itself is more about the friendship than the mission and it’s charming and engaging – you feel like you want to know these girls or have tea with them. They’re dedicated and brave but funny and mischievous. Girls, in fact.
I don’t want to get too much into the plot and give too much away, but I really enjoyed the read. Given how wrenching the circumstances were, I think the ‘twist’ lost a bit of punch but it was still a very very good story. Highly recommended. In fact, I may be reading it over to see what I can pick up on the reread.
I posted a review of Red Moon over on Goodreads, which I also enjoyed. My Verity review there was far more brief and I posted this one for randomdreams.