Yes, you read that right.
And then it gets better with things missing and a very strange old lady...and something about this old lady tells me there's something shocking to come.
The modern story felt almost like a horror, at least to me...then it suddenly goes back to the war, to a blind girl who has a way with perfume and uses her skills--both knowingly and unknowingly--to aid the French Resistance, Americans, and British.
I think she was my favorite. I really didn't want her part to end. She is so brave and handles her disability in an admirable way. I wish I'd handled my own so maturely so quickly.
And then it switches again, to a woman operative in England and the people she knows and the people she watches go to France on covert missions. And at 75% I still couldn't see how these three stories tied together. I only saw one common denominator: a radio operative. It was at this point that I began to get impatient. I like some clues, at least.
And then it concluded, leaving me confused on a few points, namely one, and I can't reveal what it is without spoiling the book, so... But I kept asking, "But why is she...." And though I loved the blind girl's story best of all, I am left wondering how exactly it ties into the other two. There's no connection beyond a brief scene at the end. The blind girl and the others were two ships barely passing in the night. Surely they could have been tied in better than that?
BUT I loved, absolutely loved, reading about the Radio Game. (I'm not going to spoil that either) How spine chilling! I am wondering if this is a piece of true history. *Edit. Author assures me this did indeed occur. How fascinating! Never ran into this in all the WWII books I've read.*
I received this digital galley via Edelweiss.