In Pale Battalions
Their journey starts with an unscheduled stop at the imposing Thiepval Memorial to the dead of the Battle of the Somme near Amiens. Amongst those commemorated is Leonora's fat...more
Then, scanning all the o'ercrowded mass, should you
Perceive one face that you loved heretofore,
It is a spook. None wears the face you knew.
Great Death has made all his for evermore.
Waterlogged trench in WWI
In 1916, Captain John Hallows is reported killed in action in the Flanders fields of World War One. His death is only the first piece in a puzzle that takes decades for his daughter to ascertain the identity of her parents and the roles played by the constellation of people surrounding the ...more
This is a tragic story told beautifully in an almost poetic style. The words matt ...more
Intricately plotted, perfectly paced, and richly detailed. Full of the right mix of lovable and hatable characters. Secrets within secrets, double-backs and double-crosses. The fun never ends, right up to the very last page. Even when you figure out some of the secrets before you get to them ...more
I found the first 150 pages of the book a struggle and many times I thought I would just put it down but reading the other reviews of the book helped me continue on to the end.
This is a murder mystery set within a family home which takes place around the first world war. I found this book lacking as I had expected more war references and think that Goddard shied away from th ...more
In Pale Battalions also has a finely crafted plot. It is part ...more
I really liked this, a part 'who's the daddy?' and part 'who's the killer?' mystery which starts during WWI and slowly unravels over the next seventy years. After the first few chapters I rather smugly thought I'd worked out what had happened, but all my theories were unceremoniously dumped by the wayside as one by one by all the murky secrets and lies of this dysfunctional family were revealed. Although I was a little disappointed that (view spoiler)[wicked Ol ...more
The story opens as Leonora Galloway takes her daughter, Penelope, to the Somme monument. Leonora wishes t ...more
In this one we follow Franklin a young soldier from WW1 who gets injured and is sent to convalesce at the large estate of his commanding officer who has just been killed in the trenches. The widow is obviously distressed but is also afraid, the father is detached and seems to ignore the evil going on in his house ...more
"This is the day and this the place where a dream turns a corner and a secret is told."
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La première et principale narratrice relate à sa fille le secret de sa naissa ...more
And what a fine memorial it is. In Pale Battalions confirms Goddard’s talent for the three ess ...more
I do recommend that you not ...more
If you haven't read a Goddard mystery before, basically everybody in them is a liar. They spend all their time lying to and fro up and down the l ...more
Murder, Lies and Deception: A Juicy Family Secret Revealed After 60 Years by Suzanne Donahue
One of life’s pleasures is to accidentally find a book that completely engrosses you so much that you are transported to a different time and place. One of life’s sorrows is finding a book that engrosses you so completely that you read it too quickly, and before you are ready, POOF—it is over. Where only yesterday during your morning commute ...more
Pale Battalions, while built into a mystery with the war as a backdrop, still manages to infuse the terror, pain and suffering that an individual can experience when they rea ...more
On the other hand, the World War I setting and the glimpses into English culture of the time we ...more
The story moves between several different time periods f ...more
But, this was not my favorite. Not that it wasn't readable and well written. But it had a definite gothic, brooding sort of atmospheric style. Seemingly every character in the book lied about something at some point, so the plot was constantly twisting and reversing. There was a thread about some paintings and their connection to depravity that I thought was sort of a red ...more
The story is slow and thoughtful in pace. Leonora Galloway takes her grown up daughter and goes to visit the war graves in France, where her father is buried. Or is he? The past unfolds, as Leonora knows it, told by various people and it is a complicated tortuous unfolding twisting and turning right to the final pages.