Book review stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for Her Secret War, a WWII historical book written by P. Lecky.
First thing first, let me thank the publisher, Avon Books UK, for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip*
MEET THE BOOK
A moment that ruins her life
On 31st May 1941, Germany drops bombs on neutral Dublin and Sarah Gillespie loses her family and home that fateful night. Days later, the man she loves leaves Ireland to enlist in the RAF.
A decision that changes her life
With nothing to keep her in Ireland and a burning desire to help the war effort, Sarah seeks refuge with relatives in Hampshire, England. But before long, Sarah’s family history catches up with her.
A mission that could cost her life
Sarah is asked to prove her loyalty to Britain through uncovering a spy at Vickers Supermarine, the manufacturers of the legendary Spitfire fighter plane. But to progress with her mission, she must become involved with a fifth columnist. And so the most dangerous game she’s ever played ensues…
Avon Books UK
Publication date: 14/10/21
READ MY REVIEW
Cover: I love the color palette!
The third episode of my exciting new series called ‘Cleaning up my backlog’ features Her Secret War, a historical novel set during WWII.
(I promise I’m almost done with old reviews. I’ve got 2-3 more before I’m back on track. Which means, uh. +70 new books or something. Anyway!)
I gave this review a lot of thought.
Lecky’s protagonist, Sarah, is an Irish spy with a tragic background—par for the course given the setting—and overall, she’s a character with a nice growth arc. That and the fresh take Lecky goes for, the use of Ireland as a backdrop, deserve a star, no questions asked.
Another one goes to the writing and the story itself. As we follow Sarah’s life, we find ourselves caught deep into a love triangle subplot featuring her, her boyfriend Paul, and Rob. Now, love triangles or triangles-adjacent, they’re a rather common trope and not one that interests me. Lecky, however, handles the three of them in a graceful way, keeping me entertained throughout the entire novel. That’s a first, so well done!
Any flaws? Well, the pacing. The blurb says Her Secret War is fast-paced, which is not always true. It’s too slow in places, and that’s a surefire way to lose your readers’ attention if you’re not careful, even more so when it happens at the beginning–I don’t know why, but I’m stumbling into more and more books structured like this.
Look, I’m not saying every novel needs to be all quick-quick, from zero to a gazillion until the very end. My point is that there’s a fine line between slow and drag. It’s easy to cross it.
3.5 stars on GR, rounded up to 4.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Pam Lecky is an Irish historical fiction author, writing crime, and mystery with a dash of romance. Pam is represented by the Hardman & Swainson Literary Agency in London. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Crime Writers Association, and the Society of Authors.
In November 2020, Pam signed with Avon Books UK/Harper Collins in a two-book deal. The first book in the historical thriller series, Her Secret War, will be published in October 2021; the sequel in 2022.
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