The story revolves around two young women living a century apart. Their lives could hardly be different yet they share so much – love, loss and a tragedy that threatens to destroy everything they’ve ever known. There’s something else they share, an other-worldly link that keeps you guessing until the end. As a first novel, We’ve Come to Take You Home is a triumph of clever storytelling. Susan Gandar creates two believable central characters and paints a graphic picture of the different worlds they inhabit.
I found the Great War story most moving, especially the revelations about the hardships endured by the families left behind by men sent to the front. Gandar’s diligent historical research is evident but as a former script consultant on Casualty she’s particularly good when the story moves into the intensive care unit of a 21st-century hospital.
The slightly spooky thread that runs throughout the book kept me turning the pages to uncover the mystery that binds the two stories together. All in all a good read with some unexpected twists and turns.