Wow, Just Wow
The Girl Without A Name by Suzanne Goldring is a powerful dual time-line novel that had me completely enthralled from the start.
The action begins in 2004 looking backwards to 1939 before working its way forwards. The voices alternate within the time periods.
This was a novel that I ‘lived’ as I read. I put myself in the role of the leading lady. Due to the artistry of words of Suzanne Goldring I ‘felt’ what the character felt – the highs and the lows, the loves and the losses.
London was seen as a dangerous place to be for the children and many were evacuated at the start of World War II. The clean air of the Devon countryside contrasted with the grime of London. Some evacuees found loving homes. Others were cruelly treated and my heart broke.
The reader witnesses the awful effects of PTSD on a young mind. A moment in time would be forever etched in a brain, lasting a lifetime. Subsequent events would compound the effect of the original event, changing a personality forever as the guilt piled up.
Young love budding and blossoming is beautiful to witness. The reader wants it to last a lifetime and not be tainted by the world. In contrast, serving men used the services of women to block out the horrors of war.
There are actual events incorporated within the story. This adds to the realistic feel of the novel.
I found The Girl Without A Name a really powerful read and one that played with my emotions. This was a wow, oh wow read as at one point I literally gasped out loud. Suzanne Goldring perfectly manipulated my emotional response throughout. She truly is a masterful author. I cannot wait to read more by her.
The Girl Without A Name will break your heart, lift your emotions and make your jaw drop. It really is a fabulous roller coaster read.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.