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Evocative experience of an SOE agent in Occupied France during WW2 - don't miss it!
on 30 January 2016
I don't normally write reviews when there are already over 250 in existence - there can't be much more to say, can there?
However, I made an exception in this case to attempt to negate some of the (in my opinion) unfair 1* & 2* reviews & to express my satisfaction with this book.
In the main it was well written and the development of the main character from naïf young middle-class girl to SOE agent was believable - the author's recounting of her developing emotions & thought processes were logical & credible & made me empathise with her more as the story progressed. I was concerned about her obvious lack of discretion, thinking that SOE agents would not have been successful in completing their training & being deployed had they been as indiscreet as Marian, but I suppose SOE agents were from a huge variety of backgrounds & possessed as wide a range of temperaments so I eventually accepted that as credible.
The story really gets into its stride when Marian reached Paris & the author brews a wonderfully brooding & threatening atmosphere here - you could feel the resentment, despair & overpowering sense of menace engendered by the occupying Forces.
*** SPOILER ALERT*** I did have an issue with the denouement - surely an SOE agent in her position following her particular personal experiences would not have made the travel arrangements which she did? Hence 4* not 5*.
I enjoyed this book greatly & will look forward to reading others by the same author.