19 December 2011

We Shall not Sleep; Anne Perry

We Shall Not Sleep: A Novel (World War One Series, #5)We Shall Not Sleep: A Novel by Anne Perry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This finale to the WWI series was the first - only - book I've read by Perry, and I'm intrigued enough to read more. Because this wraps up a series, there are allusions to previous murders and doings, although you can definitely read it as a stand-alone and not feel as though you've missed something,

The horror of the war and trenches is clear, as is the confusion and rage that soldiers near the end of the war felt. The rape and murder of Sarah Price brings those even more forward, particularly as this is October 1918 and no one is sure what waits for them back home. There's also the question of the Peacemaker and how he can finally be brought to justice.

The mystery is pretty good, but the characterizations sometimes seemed to be a little pat. There are too many pronouncements, some holier-than-thouishness and a few implausible twists, not to mention far too many emotions flaring (briefly, usually). I'd have to read another of her books to see if this is her usual style.

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