Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Angels in the Gloom (World War I, #3)” as Want to Read:
Angels in the Gloom (World War I, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Angels in the Gloom (World War I #3)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,356 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
Angels in the Gloom is an intense saga of love, hate, obsession, and murder that features an honorable English family—brothers Joseph and Matthew Reavley, and their sisters, Judith and Hannah. In March 1916, Joseph, a chaplain at the front, and Judith, an ambulance driver, are fighting not only the Germans but the bitter cold and the appalling casualties of the Battle of S ...more
Audio CD
Published August 30th 2005 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2005)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Angels in the Gloom, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Angels in the Gloom

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 2,136)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
A.L. Sowards
After the second book in the series, I was kind of indifferent about reading this one, but since I already had it from the library, I dove in. I’m glad I did. This one was my favorite thus far in the series. It included interesting internal struggles for the characters, such as Joseph (a chaplain) trying to decide if he wanted to go back to the trenches after he was wounded. While recovering he saw how much good he could do in his own village and how much his family at home needed him. But he al ...more
Angels in the Gloom puts both Reavley brothers, co-protagonists of Anne Perry’s World War One series of mysteries/thrillers, in harm’s way. Angels in the Gloom is an emotional story. It features betrayal (emotional and national), infidelity (emotional and physical), espionage (intentional and unintentional), battle fatigue (physical and psychological) and even, unlike most of the previous stories, a rather vivid battle narrative. It is supposed to be a mystery, but the mystery isn’t very mysteri ...more
Dav'ne  Herriges Stahley
Aug 08, 2011 Dav'ne Herriges Stahley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dav'ne by: Mother
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
This second in a series (that you need to read in order since there is an overarching mystery) is very good. It's billed as a series about Matthew Reavley but it's really about the whole Reavley family: Joseph, Judith, Matthew, and Hannah. This book is about World War I. Joseph is a chaplin in the army assigned to the trenches in Belgium. The horror, terror, and destruction of the war is described in bleak detail along with the camaraderie and respect amongst the soldiers, officers and non-commi ...more
Vittoria Corella
Terzo episodio della serie WW1 di Anne Perry. Il Cappellano militare Joseph Reavley riporta una ferita a Ypres che lo costringe a tornare in patria, dove passerà la convalescenza accudito dalla sorella Hannah. Nel Cambridgeshire riprenderà per qualche tempo la sua vecchia vita e risolverà, come suo solito, anche un caso d'omicidio. C'è una spia tedesca a St Giles?
Dunque, tre stelle a quest'episodio. Ma forse ne merita 3 e mezzo. La bellezza della storia sta tutta nel modo di ritrarre gli effetti
International Cat Lady
I really enjoyed this book - I found it to be as well-written as all of Anne Perry's other books, although it was the first in her WWI series that I had read. It probably would be better to read the WWI series in order, for even though this is a stand-alone book, it refers frequently to things that happened in previous books. Also, one aspect of the plot remained unresolved, and is undoubtedly visited in the following books in the series. That being said, I really enjoyed reading it, and thought ...more
Laura Edwards
Oct 31, 2014 Laura Edwards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than the last book in the series. And we get our first in depth look at Hannah's character, as I was hoping. I have to say, she is my favorite of the siblings. Why? Maybe because I can relate to her best. I've never served in the military or been in the middle of fighting, but I have worried and prayed about a loved one who was serving. I know what it's like to have my heart pounding in my throat when I needed to call an emergency hotline to find out if he was wounded or killed. I kn ...more
Apr 09, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story opens with Joseph attempting to rescue a soldier from no-man's land. Joseph is wounded in the effort, seriously enough to justify his return to England to recover. Brother Matthew is still working for the Secret Service and still determined to find the one they've called the Peacemaker. While Joseph is home recovering, a local brilliant scientist is murdered and suddenly there are cries of a traitor in their midst. Can the brothers find the truth?
I knew this series to be intense. It
Aug 15, 2012 DubaiReader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WWI who-done-it.
Read as an abridged audiobook.

This was a nice surprise. I had previously read A Christmas Guest and found it to be an unexciting who-done-it. I had expected something similar with Angels in the Gloom but was happy to find that the WWI aspect of the book lifted it considerably from the mundane.

The story begins with Joseph Reavley, a chaplain in the army, rescuing injured men from no-man's-land. When he is injured bringing back a man from his own village, he wakes in an army hospit
Jul 11, 2012 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Les Anges des Ténèbres?

"Ceci est le troisième tome de la saga des Reavley d'Anne Perry après "Avant la Tourmente" et "Le Temps de Armes".

Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...

"Joseph est blessé dans le no man's land alors qu'il tente de porter secours à un autre soldat. Il est rapatrié dans son village natal, St Giles, le temps de guérir. Alors qu'il pense s'y reposer, un meurtre est commis dans le voisinage. Est-ce l'oeuvre d'u
#3 of the WWI series-This book took me a very long time to read. For one thing, it’s been a few years since I read the first 2 books of the series. Note to authors who write series: Please summarize the plots of the previous books enough so that the reader is reminded of specific events. Especially if you are going to refer to them in future books. I had a hard time following this book when the author brought up historical events. Like for instance, how Joseph’s wife died. I forget the circumsta ...more
Nov 02, 2010 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel leaves some loose ends--ready for the next book, I guess--but paints a dismal picture of England during WWI prior to America's entry into the war. Britain is suffering so many losses that it appears likely that they will be invaded by Germany and lose the war. While the book is fiction, of course, this looming disaster clearly reflects the reality that England faced. Such an honest setting that includes the divisiveness and pessimism on the home front makes the book worth reading, but ...more
May 31, 2011 Dianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third in the WWI quintet, but if one works in a charity shop one tends to pick up any book which looks interesting. The setting is March 1916 and the war is going badly for the allies. Joseph Reavley is on sick leave, recovering from his injuries in his home village in Cambridgeshire. There he comes face to face with the impact of the war on the families and the community. Matters become more intense when a gifted scientist working on an anti-submarine weapon in a nearby secret laboratory is mur ...more
This series is proving a partial disappointment to this devoted Anne Perry reader. The mystery part of the plot has been rather slight, and its development dependent on hearsay and gossip. I must confess I found protagonist Joseph Reavley's inexorable logical unraveling less inexorable and logical than he did.

I was also troubled by the subplots or vignettes -- for example, that of Joseph's sister Judith, still driving ambulances in Flanders -- that didn't seem to resolve or even recur in the lat
Mary Ellen
I think I am getting accustomed to Anne Perry's style. This book was much less annoying than the prior 2 entries in this WWI tetralogy. She turns the spotlight on two of the Reavely siblings who had gotten less attention in the prior entries: Hannah the dutiful mother, and Matthew the wimpy intelligence guy. It turns out that their inner ramblings are every bit as much exasperation-inducing as Joseph's. (We're with Joseph quite a bit, too.)

As in the other two volumes, the book deals with an inte
Oct 20, 2007 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
When I think about what was great in this book, I immediately come up with the setting. It all takes place in England, 1916, and I will say that Perry did great things with the atmosphere of despair and desperate hope. what I didn't realize when I picked it up (but see listed quite obviously as part of the title as I write now) is that it was the third book in a series. The jumping in the in the middle of the saga of the Reevely family was a little odd, and while the references to the past books ...more
Aug 14, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is definitely not what I'd call strictly mystery, although Perry is known as a mystery novelist. It's more of an atmospheric, tense, character-driver thriller/mystery/war novel kind of hybrid. Whatever it it, it is not exactly what I'd usually pick up, but I'm really enjoying it. I liked this better than the last, because of the lesser focus on the battlefield, and more on the homefront and the espionage activities. The grim but determined atmosphere of England then is very nicely po ...more
May 29, 2010 Rhonda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Perry has written a series of five novels about an English family during WWI. One brother in secet intelligence, one a chaplain, a sister who is an ambulance driver and the sister at home who is mother and wife waiting for her British Admiral to come home in one piece.

Only the last 3 books of the series were available and I even read them wrong!! I read #4,#3, and am just starting #5. This particular book (#3) was so very different from the first one that I read. The first focused on the co
Jan 31, 2016 Juanita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the novel. Anne Perry made it interesting and was organized in her writing the story. The book was very discriptive and drifting in and out of different emotions. The war events were proper history and aventurous from both sides of the equation. The novel kept me compelled to read on for the sake of the (characters) people in the world of war.

Dave Hoff
Dec 25, 2015 Dave Hoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Author hit upon the way to insure all the books in a series sell. The powerbroker, head bad guy caused the start of the murders that continue thru the first 3 books, without reveling who he is. Books are all "grabbers", but I don't expect to get to the bottom of the mystery til the last book. At 350 pages a book, lot of reading. But worth it.
Jul 02, 2014 Chrissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in this WWI series takes us out of the trenches and back into civilian life, even if only temporarily. I liked getting the perspectives of the other characters in the series, and the sea battle at the end of the book was horrifyingly fascinating. Some of logic of how one of the characters discovers who murdered someone seemed flawed, but overall a great book!
Dec 17, 2008 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an unexpected find. It is a powerful novel exploring the darkest hour of WWI in 1916 when men were dying relentlessly in a war of attrition with no progress being made. Men are dying or being maimed in hideous ways under obscene conditions in the trenches. Joseph Reavley is an army chaplain who is badly wounded pulling soldiers out of no-man's land, and goes home to recover. In the midst of this murder happens, but more importantly he must re-evaluate impossible choices of duty, honor, ...more
Sharon Zink
Mar 24, 2016 Sharon Zink rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
The best thing about this book is that I know I don't have to ever read anything else by this author. It is about a murder in an English village during World War I that is somehow connected with the war effort. Cardboard writing and illogical conclusions. Flat characters. Who cares?
Apr 25, 2014 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good basic story line but too many pages of the thoughts and feelings of the characters in the book. Made the book drag and wanted to quit reading the book but stuck it out to the end. Story takes place in England during WWI centers on one family and their small village.
Jan 18, 2015 Rita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i read this to continue in the series. A bit of excitement with the battles, but I felt most of it was basically a cure for insomnia. I will continue with the series just because I am in the middle of it, and because I have a mild interest in World War I.
Joan Schrock
Apr 14, 2014 Joan Schrock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Perry is a favorite author of mine and she did not disappoint with this novel of WWI. The effects of this war on a amilitary family in rural England and their village as a whole bring to light the total distruction of war on the lives of so many inocent and peace loving everyday people.
Diana Sandberg
Jun 28, 2015 Diana Sandberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is less a mystery than a work of suspense, splendidly written. I am enjoying this series very much, although this one is very dark indeed. Perry does well with moral uncertainty and self-examination.
An okay story with an interesting plot and good characters. Perry does not shirk from describing the horrors of war but I found all the platitudes that she had people express (understandable!) a bit tedious.
Mar 01, 2010 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't realize that this was the third book of a series when it was given to me, but I was still able to follow the story though I'm sure the earlier books fleshed out certain areas.

All and all though I generally don't read/listen to/watch war stories, I did enjoy this one. There was some mystery to the plot, and the characters were interesting. I also enjoyed the narrator who I have come across once before with "The Dark Mirror" audiobook.

War is a sad thing, but I suppose it can bring out the b
Apr 28, 2015 patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book. I like the series because of the history of WWI. I enjoy all of Perry's books.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 71 72 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Madison Mega-Mara...: Angels in the Gloom 1 1 Oct 29, 2013 08:25PM  
  • Evil for Evil (Billy Boyle World War II, #4)
  • The Murder Stone
  • Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron (Jane Austen Mysteries, #10)
  • A Fete Worse Than Death (Jack Haldean Murder Mystery #1)
  • Wedding Rows (Manor House Mystery, #8)
  • The Murdered House
  • Broken Music
  • Grave Consequences (An Emma Fielding Mystery #2)
  • The Return of Captain John Emmett
  • Pushin' Up Daisies (A Black Swan Historical Romance, #1)
  • Watery Grave (Sir John Fielding, #3)
Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

Juliet took the name "Anne Perry," the latter being her stepfather's surname. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979. Her works generally fall into one of several categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurrin
More about Anne Perry...

Other Books in the Series

World War I (5 books)
  • No Graves As Yet (World War I, #1)
  • Shoulder the Sky (World War I, #2)
  • At Some Disputed Barricade (World War I, #4)
  • We Shall Not Sleep (World War I, #5)

Share This Book

“But the things that Christ taught are still true, of that I am absolutely certain. Meet me at the end of the world when we stand at the abyss...Honor is still worth living or dying for; no matter how tired or hurt or frightened you are, face forward and seek the light.” 3 likes
More quotes…