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I have rarely, if ever, not finished reading a book and I tried and tried to like this book. It was way too confusing for me. Too many characters from too many different times. It became a chore to read so I quit (and my husband cheered because he was tired of me griping about it!)
DCI Jim Daley is sent to investigate a body of a woman who washed up on the beach on the West coast of Scotland. Soon there are four dead bodies to deal with in this close-knit community. The story is infused with intrigue and dark humor. Mix in love, betrayal, fear and a plot that moves quickly and you have great mystery which will keep the pages turning. Authentic Scottish atmosphere and dialect for those who love Scottish mysteries.
1941 England: A train arrives in the countryside bringing children to safety - "Out of the Blackout" and air strikes of London. But, after all are accounted for and shuttled into care-taker families one boy is leftover - not on the the list. He says he is 5-years old. He says he is Simon Thorn. He says he lives on Sparrow Street. He is clean, well-mannered, and his clothes neatly mended. He has sobbing nightmares.
Dot and Tom Cutheridge, a childless couple are delighted with Simon and ask no probing questions. Not then. Not ever. If there's a mum wanting Simon back it's her responsibility to make the claim. Simon is happy with that arrangement until, in London on an Oxford scholarship, he stumbles across a familiar street, a door - a place he is certain he once lived. An itching desire to know is ignited; slowly at first...then drawing Simon into a dangerous sub-culture of hate as he uncovers a past better left to rot. Enthralling. ~Angie Lund
Bob Greene is an accomplished human-interest writer, and this book is a splendid example of his work. My impression of this book was that it could be broken down into 3 parts: (1) A heartbreaking account of his father's slow demise. (2) A rendition of the audiotapes that his father, a World War II veteran, left for him that detailed his youth and wartime experiences. (3) Green's interviews of Gen. Paul Tibbets, USAF (Ret), who piloted the "Enola Gay" bomber (named after his mother) that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The book gives the reader amazing insights into the minds of the so-called "Greatest Generation" (Great Depression/WW II era) that you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. It is a fascinating and very readable book.
McCullough tells a story like no other. The people come alive, the details are fascinating. I feel I knew nothing at all about the Wright Brothers before reading this -- or at least nothing but the bare bones. Now they are part of my own life and view of history.