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5.0 out of 5 starsAnother good read
Reviewed in Canada on June 22, 2018
I have read all the winspear novels as they follow a group of families from the end of the first war and all the problems that resulted from soldiers coming home with injuries both to body and mind. She weaves the main plots around the interaction of these people and their day to day lives. This novel comes at the heroic withdrawal from Dunkirk and the eminent threat of invasion. I hope that this is not the last novel as she has me wondering about all the families and their future.
Jacqueline Winspear is one of the few authors in my life that I buy as soon as a book is released and I have both print and audible versions of the Marie Dobb’s Series. This one was somewhat disappointing. I love this series for the character development, the characters themselves, the plot development, and the excellent writing. This book feels like it was written and edited too quickly. I found the usage of the family name only, a journalist style to be awkward, e.g. referring to a person by only their surname such as “Coombes said”. Considering there are several “Coombes”.... I think it would be either their first names or Mr, Mrs., Miss. this seems petty but I found this to be so distracting as to to disrupt the narrative.
There was too much going on for such a short novel and I got the feeling that the author was rushed and perhaps the editor/publisher didn’t pay too much attention.
It could be though, that the feeling I had while reading it of confusion and being dragged hither, thither and yon by the plot was the author’s attempt to make the reader feel some of what the characters felt in 1940 but it came across as sloppy.
I will keep reading the series but I may get the library copy next time. I am on a budget.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat novel in “Maisie Dobbs” series!
Reviewed in Canada on September 17, 2020
This is one of a series. I have enjoyed all of Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs novels. This one did not disappoint. All of the people I have loaned these novels to have also found the books addictive! Enjoy!
This latest "Maisie Dobbs" novel may well be her best yet, and that's saying something. Here, Maisie is hired to find out what may have happened to a young lad employed on work for the war department. He has disapeared and his worried parents want Maisie to look into it. As she does so the plot thickens, and darkens with all sorts of complications. Behind the basic plot lies the growing horror of Dunkirk. Frankly I defy the reader not to shed a tear or two around Page 270. I did several times, and I was on a train! A beautifully crafted novel. full of mystery, drama, and real emotion. I loved it and "Maisie" fans definitely won't be disapointed. Highly recomended. Shame I will have to wait a year? for the next one.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 18, 2019
After picking up and enjoying one book in this series i went back to the beginning and read them all in chronological order. I would definitely recommend this as the main character's life develops alongside the stories. I found the entire series to be very enjoyable. A bit different from the usual detective yarn. I'm looking forward to the next one - due in a couple of months.
I devoured this book in two days just as I have all the previous books that Jacqueline Winspear has written about Maisie Dobbs from the first " Maisie Dobbs" to the this the latest. I cannot recommend them enough.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 23, 2019
The author has got past the device of retelling the whole backstory, which for someone who has read the series makes the going easier. This book is a thoroughly good read with a well constructed plot and story line. I literally couldn’t put it down and finished the book in one go.