Gahhhh! Awesomely capable female heroines, WWII military bad-assery, PLUS twists and turns galore - Code Name Verity is a serious gem!
I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.
what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I
look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy
way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing
dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid
SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.
said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough
up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going
to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend
Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of
We are a sensational team.
Code Name Verity is another fave of 2012! At first the book starts off a bit slow as you are reading the narrator "Queenie's" confession/story of her time working for the British War Effort. After reading for a bit the reader realizes that they're missing something...Queenie's confession isn't quite what it seems. I had several theories as to what I thought was going on and each of them was completely wrong!
The second half of the novel is written from a completely different perspective (that's all I'll say in order to keep this review unspoilery) and reveals all sorts of twists and turns. Just as an FYI - you will shed a few tears (at least, I did) but they are well worth it!
Recommended to those who enjoy well-researched historical fiction (especially WWII stories) and to those who like tales focusing on strong women and female friendship.
*Disclosure: received a copy from NetGalley for review.