Top positive review
21 November 2012
Ruth Eastham's books are fun to read. This is an artfully constructed page-turner. The prose slides by with lots of original phrases. It's well-researched with distinct characters, Josh is my favourite, and the family settings are well done. The intelligence service is both sinister and efficient so our three main characters have to work quickly to solve the enigmatic puzzle. One of the most enjoyable books of the year. So why withhold a star? Lily's story is fascinating but its link with the present seems tenuous. I sense the novelist's hand upping the stakes as the story advances and Auntie Hilda's house in sinking under the weight of WWII memorabilia. The Bond villain naively reveals a cunning plan. It's a children's book, so none of these quibbles matter. Well done, Ruth, you've written an enjoyable yarn that educates and entertains.