It is 1940 and bombs are falling on London. Still grieving for her beloved brother who never returned from France, Charlotte has moved away from her overbearing father and built a new life for herself. Every day brings new scenes of devastation, and after each heartbreaking loss Charlotte comes to fear that something--or someone--else is responsible. Who is the shadow man that seems to be following her? Is her mind playing tricks? Her nerves increasingly frayed, she soon finds her very freedom under threat.
[Baker] has accomplished something remarkable – offering a fresh perspective on a setting that would seem to have already been exhausted by countless other creative representations ... A delicate psychological thriller that, despite its slow pace and ever so gradual acceleration, proves ultimately gripping ... The subject is exhausting and yet this novel is exhilarating – a timely tour-de-force with graceful nuance.
Immersive, heartbreaking, and hard to put down, with an unforgettable heroine. Fans of Baker will enjoy the same compelling style the author is known for, and those who read World War II fiction will be delighted with her thorough research and fresh perspective on the period.