A remote village with mysterious people and secrets galore make for an exciting tenth installment in the Bess Crawford series of books by Charles Todd (the mother and son writing team). I had never read one of the Bess books before but I am hooked now just like I am on their Ian Rutledge series of books (well worth checking out).
WWI is finally over as far as fighting goes. But the injured is still another story. Soldiers are still suffering from their injuries and when some are released more are brought in. Sister Bess Crawford has been moved to working with wounded amputees. She becomes close to her patients and does what she can to make them comfortable. One of them is Captain Williams and his crew. The war has taken a toll on them and losing body parts and loved ones is rough. Some of the men try to commit suicide and some often succeed.
Long after they’re gone Bess still tries to keep in touch by letters. Captain Williams isn’t sounding good and she’s worried about him. She gets vacation time and decides to check in on him. When she goes to where he’s suppose to be living she finds he’s not there and has moved to live with his sister in law Rachel (his brother is dead) in a remote village off the Wales peninsula. It’s not an easy place to get to. She finds a driver to take her (not telling anyone where she’s going). When she gets there Captain Williams seems to be doing okay. She had planned to leave but a terrible storm has hit. She and her driver are put up for the night.
In the middle of the night her driver takes off and she is stranded there. With no other cars, horses or way to contact anyone she cannot leave. Luckily she’s able to stay with the Captain and Rachel. Soon things just get weird. There are men being beaten up, murdered and this small village does not like strangers. There’s secrets galore and Bess is watched 24/7 and not allowed to leave (even where a car has been made available). With no police around and no contacting anyone Bess is screwed.
Lucky for her an old family friend Simon an army guy was able to track her movements and find her. He has a car and is ready to take her away. She wants to stay a little longer to try and figure out what is going on. And it might just be the end of her life.
A really well written story, with great characters and a strong female lead in Bess. I can’t wait for the next installment of her story.
You can pick it up in stores on Tuesday, September 18.
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