rating: 4 of 5 stars
As I was reading, I was thinking this might be my first 5 star rating in a while. The characters were intriguing, the plot drew me in, the details on life in the 1930s were fascinating. The writing was wonderful (and I normally don’t notice the writing). The plot lines wrapped up one by one. Just one left dangling…
Then the book almost dropped to 3 stars, I was so angry about how that story line resolved. OK, I suspect if I went back to the beginning, the details needed to make the conclusion relevant were there. But I really felt like it was pulled out of nowhere.
Grumble. But the rest of the book was really good, so I’ll focus on that.
I’m a character driven reader– If a book has interesting characters, I can gloss over a lot of plot weakness. If the characters are weakly drawn, I have trouble caring about strong writing and plot. This book was strong on all of these.
The characters in this book were wonderful. I was drawn into Maisie’s conflict, coming to terms with her past while trying to solve some cases that dredged up her history with WWI. Even most of the secondary characters were textured, and there are several I’d like to get to know better.
After the characters, what I liked most about this books were the reflections of the effects of war, even years after it ends. You see the effects on people that were there and of those that are left behind, of the effects on entire communities.
I like this series, the earlier books as well as this one. I’ll go on to read the rest sooner rather than later. I’m just still disappointed in the conclusion of that one plotline!