This book certainly makes you think about how hard it must have been for the men who returned from the trenches to integrate back into a `normal life'. The sense of anticlimax, loss and the awful memories these men carried, must have been utterly dreadful especially when living in an age when openly discussing feelings was frowned upon and highly unusual.
The book follows the lives of Philomena, Jonathan and Anthony who are entangled in a web of suspicion and fear as an allegation of murder threatens to ruin and socially ostracise all parties involved.
Throughout the book, the author cleverly links emotions, expressions and thought processes into the story which have arisen due to the impact of the First World War. This book subtlety emphasises the changes that the First World War has made on people's lives, where many people are searching for a new identity and place within a radically altered society.
This book is emotive, poignant and reflective due to the elements of sacrifice made by both the men of the trenches and their women waiting for them back home. Whilst men faced the brutality of the muddy battlefields, women lived through a torturous period, waiting for that dreadful telegram.
This is a very good read which contains an interesting plot involving murder and the attempt to obtain justice. However, it also serves as an essential reminder that sacrifice was made by all members of this wartime society in varying degrees.