8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A great read,
This review is from: The Night Watch (Paperback)
I was excited to read this novel as i really enjoyed Sarah Water's earlier book 'Fingersmith'. Although the setting of this later novel is very different to her earlier work, her distinctive style is still present and extremely successful, making 'The Night Watch' an enjoyable read.
This novel tells the story of four different characters living in London during the Second World War: Kay, Viv, Helen and Duncan and although we assume their stories and lives are going to over-lap, the writer slowly builds up the story of each character, revealing only small connections as the novel progresses. I found the structure of this novel to be really interesting in that it worked backwrds in time. Part one begins in 1947 with each of the characters in their present circumstances but works backwards to reveal how they each came to be where they are when the reader first meets them.
Although the twists in this story are not as spectacular and complex as those in 'Fingersmith' i still found it to be an excellent read and felt totally transported to the place and time of the novel. Sarah Waters is a great writer and this book is highly recommended.