When her grandfather dies, Tamar inherits a box containing a series of clues and coded messages. Out of the past another Tamar emerges, a man involved in the terrifying world of resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Holland half a century earlier. His story is one of passionate love, jealousy, and tragedy set against the daily fear and casual horror of the Second World War. Unravelling it will transform the younger Tamar's life.
©2007 Mal Peet (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Great build of tension and the commitment of the narrators to build the characters and tense storyline. Its not just a good book - its a great AUDIBLE book, they bring it alive.
Hard to say, part Sebastian Faulks, part C.J. Sansom. They both have aspects of tension, historical events, characters that struggle with the conflict between love and professional duty.
Unfair question!! I adore listening to Anton Lesser, he draws the listener in and is completely believable in different characters, but Anna Maxwell Martin was wonderful as the young Tamar, you could really identify with her. A great combination.
Why have a movie when you've got the audible book and the images come alive in your mind??
I WANT MORE!!!
Espionage, passion, betrayal
The vivid descriptions of people, places and events.
The contrast between the action in 1945 and the events of 1985.
Yes, but I didn't!
Highly recommended - not a dull moment. I was sorry that I got to the end!
Great narration and a strong plot. Moves at a steady pace with no bogging down
Beautifully narrated, this is a compassionate tale of wartime hardships in Holland and the consequences for future generations. There's a past and present strand. The writing is sometimes strong but I thought the balance between the contrasting tales was wrong: too much time on the historical tale, with its predictable outcome, and not enough space given to explaining the modern story especially its denouement. Worth a read or listen, all the same.
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