The mass evacuation in September 1939 from London to the countryside of thousands of children was a lesson in
planned logistics. Of course like all plans something has to go wrong somewhere and one isolated incident did
Two children went missing, one got misplaced due to sheer mischief and families all around and a community went
In a small Suffolk village Josephine has to come to terms with the onset of war, and that her partner and lover
Martha is leaving to go to America. In such uncertain times when she will come back is unknown. On top of that
with the missing girl from a fair in open view of all the villagers is something that has to be tracked down carefully
to find out what happened to the little girl.
As usual in Upson's novels, nothing is as straight forward as just a missing girl and when the story is unravelled we
find one missing girl, two missing girls and then bodies. Complicated in its telling you have to follow the stories
of several families who try to deal with the trauma of separated families - husbands at the warfront, wives alone without
the emotional support children can give you and not knowing whether your children are happy, settled and safe.
I was also thinking of how in the present context of what my grandson was told "stranger danger" how we would deal
with this forced separation. Anti vaxxer protests will be nothing compared when parents take to the streets! I dont
blame them either. (the parents not the anti vaxxers!)
The story made one think and drew the reader into the emotional morass of it. Like Nicola Upson always does.
Sent by Crooked Lane Books for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.
I've not read any of this author's work but this one sounds interesting.ReplyDelete
I read one book in this series and have read a number of books by Josephine Tey. This sounds interesting and sounds like it tackles some very serious emotionally laden issues.ReplyDelete
I love the sound of this one! Can't wait to read it.ReplyDelete
I enjoyed the first two books in this series. Thanks for the reminder that I need to get back to it.ReplyDelete