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By the end the characters all had individuality that combined to make a good read. I'd recommend this book.
There were a few spelling mistakes but not enough to detract from the story, that's the only reason it got 4 stars
The wife here... I'm struggling my way through because I love France and want to picture it as I read, but I'm picturing American farmhouses with stoops and screen doors; has the writer ever been to France or seen a film or picture of France? I'm afraid I've downgraded my husband's rating, but don't tell him.
There are things about this novel I enjoyed. Hmm...I got wrapped up in the 'good German' well, the sort of good one, mainly because he was about the only one that wasn't a gang rapist.
But golly, it was hard work.
The problem from the start: WHAT. IS. THE. STORY? We had endless dialogue about two sisters dressing up that added little to the tale and I was none the wiser until the middle of the book - what was the quest? And for who?
Then there was so much telling. Whole chunks of history thrown at us instead of weaving it into the plot.
And then there's the German problem. Were they all rapists? Why are these people bad? The characterisation all falls into the French=good Germans = bad category.
The resistance story has been done, more then enough times, and this novel sadly, try though it might, doesn't add anything.
I hate to be negative but it just wasn't the great read I expected - and what does the title have to do with the story?
The book portrays both the French and the German army in ways which sound more like US characters. The author does not seem to have the first clue about WWII France or even France in general.
We are expected to believe all the village woman attend a local nightclub which is portrayed more like a local dance hall in the US. One of the heroines attends and "bellies up to the bar" and is attended to by the "bar keep" and drinks neat whisky shots. In another scene the heroines are waiting to pick up German officers in the bar and are first treated to shrimp cocktails - really in France ? in France in 1944 ? Is he serious ?
The local resistance safe house is a terraced house on a street in the middle of the town. It is so busy and full of people coming and going that all but the most obtuse German would know of its existence immediately.
The younger daughter is so gung-ho and wild she would have been a victim immediately if not from the Germans then from the Resistance themselves - she is a dangerous liability not a heroine.
Finally the author seems to have tried to combine characteristics more in keeping with the Irish IRA than French Resistance fighters - that the father as an Irish expat is just a distraction which serves no purpose.
The story is so badly written it does not even warrant the rating of good thriller even if implausible. It is bad historically and it is bad in plot and it is badly written.
FORMAT ~ Paperback
This riveting and thought-provoking historical tale is set in occupied France in 1944 and the French resistance fighters are hard at work infiltrating the Gestapo in two very different ways.
This brave and passionate story is shown through the eyes of two sisters, Monique and Claire McCleash, who, bound by blood, hold an untold and hidden depth of love for each other which lies buried amongst their personal angst and pain. This novel is full of excellent descriptive content and flows from the first page, encapsulating exactly what the author intended to tell, giving the reader a colourful insight to historical happenings and with it a true bloody and visual picture of the pain and suffering that only war can bring. There are some very graphic scenes that emotionally bind one to the characters in this plot and, in parts, the unsaid horrors of war are splattered graphically onto the pages, but this only adds to the strength and power of this novel.
The overall feel of the book is one of quality and has a great layout which ensures an easy read; although personally I think the book maybe more appealing if it was slightly smaller.
There are some clever twists and turns that continue to the end of this compelling novel and How Angels Die is more than highly recommended. As an informative historical novel this one should be right up there with the very best.
"'This review also appears on the Historical Novel Society website, and was commissioned and edited according to their guidelines"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gripping storyline with a heart rending finish; this book really brought to life what it must have been to live through WWII in France and the personal tragedies. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2013 by Tricia
I was very disappointed in this book. You would have thought a story about the French resistance couldn't fail to be gripping, but the characters are so poorly drawn and I felt so... Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2013 by paul boyson
French sisters, Monique and Claire, work for the same goal-stopping the invading Germans from destroying their beloved France during the tumultuous summer of 1944. Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2013 by Ashley Fontainne
Interesting family story, one side didn't knowwhat the other was doing & the twist was in the tale at the end.Published on 22 April 2013 by Phil Douglas
This was a very interesting book which I did not want to put down. I recommend that you read this bookPublished on 17 April 2013 by jeff
This story is not the most convincing account of life in Occupied France. The characters are not well developed although the plot starts well it becomes more and more incredible as... Read morePublished on 14 April 2013 by Sylvia Fox
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