July 1940. 11 year-old Lydia walks through a village in rural Suffolk on a baking hot day. She is wearing a gas mask. The shops and houses are empty, windows boarded up and sandbags green with mildew, the village seemingly deserted. Leaving it behind, she strikes off down a country lane through the salt marshes to a large Edwardian house - the house she grew up in. Lydia finds it empty too, the windows covered in black-out blinds. Her family are gone.
Late that night he comes, a soldier, gun in hand and heralding a full-blown German invasion. There are, he explains to her, certain rules she must now abide by. He won't hurt Lydia, but she cannot leave the house.
Is he telling the truth? What is he looking for? Why is he so familiar? And how does he already know Lydia's name?
Eerie, thrilling and piercingly sad, The Dynamite Room evokes the great tradition of war classics yet achieves a strikingly original and contemporary resonance. Hypnotically compelling, it explores, in the most extreme of circumstances, the bonds we share that make us human.
Jason Hewitt is a playwright and actor. He was born in Oxford and lives in Wimbledon. The Dynamite Room is his first novel.
©2014 Jason Hewitt (P)2014 Audible Ltd
I found it to be superbly constructed and paced with rich narrative and very easy to resonate with the characters. The reveals were perfectly timed and drew me easily on further into the story.
This is hard to explain without spoilers, but both the main protagonists are wonderfully created characters with very real human motivations and aspirations. More than any other book that I have read in recent years, I connected emotionally with both of them.
The pace of the reading reflected perfectly the pace of the story. I also thought that he pretty much nailed the subtle accent intonations necessary for the story to really work. Too many narrators either lack this skill or ignore it altogether and it was so refreshing to not have to listen past badly voiced characters.
The story is intriguing from the outset.
Descriptions of time and place.
The girl, Lydia.
Looking for other books by this author.
really enjoyed this story, couldn't put it down until the end.
both the main characters were well written and the situation they were in. the past of one the main characters was interspersed with the present.
will Thorpe did an excellent job of performing the book.
Struggle to finish extremely dull and boring went on and on getting nowhere the only good thing about the story with the narrator will thorp
Maybe develop the back story a bit. I wanted to know a bit more about those characters.
Probably not - only because it didn't have any real spark to the story despite having a great premise.
Much better accents than my hopeless attempts would ever create!
No. (An odd question?)
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