is easily the most extraordinary book I’ve read this year. And yet it’s
difficult to write about it without giving the story away, and I want everyone to experience
it as I did, fresh and without bias.
Name Verity is the story of two young women during WWII. One was a pilot, the
other a spy, and they were best friends. The spy was captured by the Gestapo.
While this book is not overly graphic, it does not pull punches. The Nazis are sadistic
torturers and yet they are fully developed characters with secret weaknesses, love
for their children and personal dreams. The first half of the book is told by
Verity, the spy, and Kitty Hawk, the pilot, tells the remainder.These
characters remain in my thoughts.
is a book for anyone with an interest in Scheherazade, Peter Pan, unreliable narrators or simply fine writing.