France, 1942: An unforgettable, heart-wrenching, and utterly unputdownable World War Two novel about one woman’s bravery in the face of darkness, and her heartbreaking decision to risk everything to do the right thing…
As Kasia creeps out of the farmhouse in the dead of night to transmit an urgent message, her heart pounds in her chest. Gripping her radio tightly in her hand, she feels a terrible sense of dread. She knows that this message could be the one that finally leads the Nazis to her…
Crouching in the shadows, with trembling fingers she turns the dial on her radio and hears the familiar crackle of static. Shaking, she quickly taps out her message and, holding her breath, she waits in the darkness.
Suddenly, she sees a quick flash of light out at sea. Her message has been received by the Allied boats; now they know it’s not safe to come ashore tonight.
As she looks back towards the little farmhouse, her heart catches in her throat. Inside, the two people she loves most in this world are sleeping soundly. Because while Kasia knows her messages might save thousands of soldiers, she also knows that her radio signal could bring the Germans terrifyingly close, perhaps even straight to Hugo and Elodie…
Deviant Quill Review: In a sea of World War II fiction, Carly Schabowski's novel didn't only manage to poke its head out of the water but get the attention of readers through its fantastic and believable storytelling. The story of Kasia, Elodie, and Hugo is heartbreaking and relatable, even though most readers didn't experience those times. The author's skill will make you visualize vividly the background, and the characters, and even feel their pain. An outstanding blend of drama and suspense in a historical setting.
My review is based on the audiobook version of the book, flawlessly narrated by Daphne Kouma and Philippe Spall.
Review copy provided by Hachette UK @ Net Galley
Publisher: Bookouture (November 15, 2022)
Paperback: 304 pages