Mal Peet has done it again. I thought 'Keeper' was absolutely brilliant but with 'Tamar' he has excelled himself. Set mainly in WW2 this is a story of two 'British' undercover agents, 'Dart' and 'Tamar', helping the Dutch Resistance against the Nazis. Their mission is tense enough but what gave the story an extra twist and made it all the more gripping was not, as I thought would happen, the inevitable capture and torture by the Gestapo. That didn't happen. Instead we have a tangled, tragic love story that is only uncovered years later by sixteen year old Tamar, grand daughter of William Hyde. William could be Dart or Tamar - we only find out at the end.
This is an excellent book, full of attention to detail, excellent writing, wry humour and page turning action. It reminded me a little of Aidan Chambers' 'Postcards from No Man's land' which also won the Carnegie, but in Tamar the plotting is even tighter.