The book gets off to a slow start, with too much description and character background that could wait to be incorporated into the narrative later on in the story. It soon picks up and rattles along at a fair pace right up until the end. It is most certainly a roller-coaster of action and emotions. In fact, roller-coaster is very apt. If you think about it, that ride takes you slowly to the top of the first climb and then dives and twists and turns and it makes your head and body spin. You scream, you laugh, you cry. This book will do all of that to you.
The author has obviously done a lot of research for this book. She has done as I always advise people who want to write who ask me, “What is your top tip for potential writers?” I say to them, “Read a lot.” She has made disassembled real characters from the wartime Philippines era and reassembled them into her fictional characters. The result is very authentic and believable.
Once you are into the third of fourth chapter, you will find this book difficult to put down. It is skillfully written. I always wanted to know what would happen next. The end of a chapter was definitely NOT the time to switch off my bedside light.
Your emotions will be stirred, right up to the end.
I highly recommend this book to all my friends.