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The Wartime Book Club by Kate Thompson #Review

  The Wartime Book Club is a marvellous historical novel set on Jersey in World War Two. Written by Kate Thompson , it was published by Hodder $ Stoughton on February 13th. Jersey, 1943. Once a warm and neighbourly community, now German soldiers patrol the cobbled streets, imposing a harsh rule on the people of the island. Grace La Mottée, the island's only librarian, is ordered to destroy books which threaten the new regime. Instead, she hides the stories away in secret. Along with her headstrong best friend, postwoman Bea Rose, she wants to fight back. So she forms the wartime book club: a lifeline, offering fearful islanders the joy and escapism of reading. But as the occupation drags on, the women's quiet acts of bravery become more perilous - and more important - than ever before. And, when tensions turn to violence, they are forced to face the true, terrible cost of resistance . . . Based on astonishing real events, The Wartime Book Club is a love letter

No Further Questions by Gillian McAllister ** Blog Tour Review **

I am delighted to be taking part in the celebrations for the eBook release of Gillian McAllister's third book, No Further Questions. The paperback copy will be published on October 4th. 

Your baby died in your sister's care - the police think it's murder but she insists she's innocent. Who do you believe?

The police say she's guilty.
She insists she's innocent.

She's your sister.
You loved her.
You trusted her.
But they say she killed your child.

Who do you believe?

My Thoughts

This is an impressive psychological thriller in which Gillian's experience as a lawyer shines through. You are presented with the court case with two sisters on opposing sides of a murder trial and taken through the case as it unfolds. As you progress through, you are given glimpses into the thoughts of the two sisters and the complexity of their relationship. It is clear that 'something' is missing from the evidence and the reader is kept guessing to the end.

    You can't help but wonder what you would have done in either of the sisters' shoes and the effect of the case on the wider family becomes apparent. I particularly liked the anguish of their parents as they tried to get through the trial with loyalties to both of their daughters. Always present in the novel is the baby Layla who died. I found the story to be poignant and affecting as it stripped away at what it is to be a parent. 

In short: Superb.

About the Author

Gillian McAllister has been writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated with an English degree and lives in Birmingham where she now works as a lawyer. Her debut novel Everything But The Truth was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. You can find her on Twitter @GillianMAuthor.

You can read my review of Anything You Do Say  here

Book link: Amazon UK 
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Thanks to Jenny Platt of Penguin Random House for a copy of the book and a place on the blog tour.


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