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We Shall Not Sleep (World War I #5)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  1,005 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Anne Perry’s magnificent Victorian mysteries established her as one of the world’s best known and loved historical novelists. Now, in her vividly imagined World War I novels, Perry’s talents “have taken a quantum leap” (The Star-Ledger), and so has the number of her devoted readers. We Shall Not Sleep, the final book in this epic series featuring the dedicated Reavley fami ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mary Ellen
If you are an Anne Perry fan, then probably you'll enjoy this series, since the things that bugged me about it the most were characteristic of one of her other books (from the series with a husband and wife, IIRC). I know there are many Anne Perry fans out there, so maybe it is just me.

However, I think this book would have to try the patience of even her stalwart fans. She was running out of steam, running out of plot, running out of things to say in general, but, alas, not running out of pages.

From her WWI series, this book solves the question of the mastermind behind a plot to dominate the world on the pretext of stopping all war. The question was at what price could the world be free of war? Was the plot to end war really about peace, power, or just a cessation of killing? Other questions that arise throughout this series include: Would a God allow the horrors of war? Can love remain intact following the horrors of wartime experience? How can men and women who lived through the batt
Just finished the final book (CD) in the 5 book series. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although the descriptions of the war were difficult to listen to. Fascinating history imbedded in this series.
Laura Edwards
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I am sorry to say good-bye to the series, but I shall probably never say good-bye to the characters. Yes, I know she returns to observations and themes that first appeared in the Cater Street Hangman but now with decades of ever deepening understanding of some of the deepest aspects of human life and decision making these books psychological thrillers. The tension did not let up till the very last page. There is her supreme talent, to build a sweeping vision out of the bits and pieces in everyda ...more
I have mixed views on this series. It's a historically-based fiction/mystery based in World War One England. The weakest parts of the stories are the mysteries, so if you are reading for a good mystery, this is not the place to come. The historical context is good, but the focus on the mystery takes a bit away from it. I learned a lot on British POV of WW1, but I didn't really get immersed into the time period like really good historical novels will cause me to do. Everything that is said and do ...more
This series has been disappointing for me in general. We Shall Not Sleep shares some of the small, consistent flaws of the whole -- overuse of the same details to establish place and atmosphere, overwrought characters -- but has some others as well.

This book takes place at the end of World War I, and I found various characters' extreme prescience hard to credit -- their easy predictions about the European economy and the probability of Germany becoming belligerent again struck me as anachronist
It is the final weeks of the war: Judith and Joseph are still at the front, and Matthew is in London continuing his work with Secret Intelligence. One evening, late, Matthew has a visitor to his flat delivering a message that there is someone willing to cross the lines and come to England to help them expose the one they've called the Peacemaker. Matthew decides to take his word and proceeds up to the front (reuniting with Judith and Joseph) to then connect with Colonel Schenckendorff and make ...more
Susan VanKirk
We Shall Not Sleep (WWI, # 5) concludes the 5-book series about World War One, giving us a glimpse of the end of the war and the Reavley family's future. I loved the way Perry took a family of four children, removed their parents, and showed multiple aspects of the war through the lives of those four. Joseph Reavley is a chaplin at the front, Judith is an ambulance drive, Matthew is in the intelligence service, and Hannah is at home watching her children and awaiting the return of her naval offi ...more

Set largely against the infinitely depressing backdrop of the trenches in the final weeks and days of WWI, this has a plot comprising, essentially, two detective mysteries and a thriller.

The first mystery is the savage murder -- sexually assaulted with a bayonet -- of one of the nurses at the particular frontline medical post that's the focus of the action. It becomes clear that the investigating cops (first a pair of civilian cops, then a pair of military ones) aren't hugely interested in makin
Excellent!! Hard to put down. Anne Perry is a prolific writer who brings you into the story so easily. Her eye for detail makes her writing so rich. Here you feel as if she had been at the front of the fighting at Ypres herself and experienced the fear, the cold and mud, the pain of the wounded as well as the caregivers, the lice and the lack of everything. The bravery of so many and the deaths of even more. Any politician who decides to send men to war should read this book first. Yes it was a ...more
Roger Taylor
This was not the best Anne Perry novel that I have read. Having just completed At Some Disputed Barricade, I expected this last book in the series to at least live up to the standard she set in it. However, this one contained some historical inaccuracies concerning Wilson, who never argued for anything but a just and fair treaty with Germany unlike the French and,to a lesser degree, the British who wanted revenge. Also, by the end of the story, I was ready to strangle all the Reavelys who were c ...more
The WWI series is my favorite of Anne Perry's. If you don't like reading pages & pages of people's feelings & emotions, you won't like this book, but if you enjoy really getting to know the characters & what makes them tick & act the way they do, you will. With each of her major characters, Perry gives you insight into their personalities.

I have just finished the last book in this series. More than any series I've run across, it needs to be read in order. The books are not stand
I read this book when I had nothing else to read. It is the fourth book in a series about WW1. It has a good historical background with murder and lots of intrigue. I read the first book of this series several years ago. I'm sure I missed a lot by skipping the second and third in the series, but I found It annoying that the author kept bringing up,what happened in the past. After awhile, I felt in did not miss anything at all. If you have an interest in WWI and like mysteries, you will enjoy thi ...more
A bit drawn out.

This was the fifth and final book in the series and I was glad that I had listened to at least one of the earlier books. I felt I needed some background to the The Peacemaker, a vital character who had previously been present only as an alias.

The three main characters are the Reavley brothers, Joseph, an army chaplain and Matthew, an intelligence officer, and their sister, Judith, an ambulance driver. Joseph and Judith are serving at the Western front but Matthew has been away fr
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"Après avoir lu les quatre premiers tomes de la saga Reavley et Anne Perry étant l'un de mes auteurs favoris, j'avais hâte de lire la conclusion de cette histoire."

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

"La guerre touche à sa fin et la famille Reavley espère pouvoir enfin rentrer chez elle et démasquer le Pacificateur. Mais le meurtre atroce d'une infirmière à Ypres va venir remettre en cause tous leurs pro
With a sinister "Peacemaker" threatening the world even as WWI ends, the three Reavley siblings (a chaplain, an ambulance driver, and an intelligence officer) combine forces to deliver a high ranking German officer but are waylaid by a murder near the front lines at Ypres--a murder gruesome even to those accustomed to the wholesale slaughter of trench warfare. Their personal lives are inextricably bound into the plot and the subplot. Throughout the novel there is much beautifully written philoso ...more
This is an excellent ending to a great series. Beyond the murder mystery and the rich details of the period, and even beyond the great conflict created in the series, Anne Perry does a fantastic job of asking spiritual questions and providing gentle, potential answers. I was impressed throughout the books with the characters' very believable lack of faith in a God who would allow World War I to happen. It made me think about the events in my life that make me question if God is watching over me. ...more
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 a
I liked a lot about this book - it seems to be the last in a series on World War I. The descriptions of the battlefield and the bunkers and the carnage were certainly not pleasant but the book puts one right there with the fighters in an unforgettable way.
I liked the integrity of the characters and the plot was certainly unusual and historically intriguing.
so why only 3 stars?
Anne Perry rather belabors the moral issues - there's a lot of repetition and often one feels that you're reading somet
Soooo...I'm really glad this series is finished. It became too drawn out, and there were times I rolled my eyes so hard at the ridiculous things happening that I think I hurt myself. I only kept reading to find out who the Peacemaker was, and his reveal was very anticlimactic. The ending was...not believable. The first two books in the series were wonderful and well worth the read, but the plot really peters out by the end of the series.
Sheila Siler
Good conclusion to the series.

This was a good ending for this four book series. All loose ends are tied up and there is a satisfaction in how things conclude. I confess that finding out who the peacemaker is was only mildly interesting. Perhaps because it had been a while since I read the previous book. I liked the plot overall, but felt at times that this book series was mostly a vehicle to teach the reader history and philosophy. I am glad I read this book and finished the series.
Lourdes Venard
In this, the last of the five-book arc that spans World War I, the war is almost over, anticipated to end in a few weeks. But the Reavley siblings are rushing to uncover the man they call "the Peacemaker," who was behind their parents' murder and who seeks to break any stability that peace may bring. They get their break when his German counterpart crosses the line to meet with intelligence services officer Matthew Reavley. But before they can get him to London, a nurse is viciously murdered on ...more
Not bad ending to the series. Not sure if I would take on a series like this again. While some of the books were boring and repetitive, this held my attention a lot better. I was a bit disappointed in the end, things were over too easily.
Anne Perry does it again. This is a great read - good plot, well rounded characters, just enough intrigue and excitement to keep you engaged. Loved it. Now I need to go back and read the first 4 in the series.
I read this 2008. As a fan of Anne Perry and her Monk and Thhomas and Charlotte Pitt series, I read each of the WW I series as it came out. Laura King's books of the period are also favorites. Recently the PBS series of Downton Abbey have given me even a more visual experience to fit these novels. Kansas City has a fantastic World War I memorial, recently updated with arifacts. Great place to visit.

frontpiece quote: Take up our quarrel with the foe:/ To you from failing hands we throw/The torch
Evelyn Harvill
I really loved this series. The author combined a great spy story with the fascinating - if wrenching - setting of World War I. Wonderful!
When I began reading this Anne Perry series, I was intrigued by the author's premise and enjoyed the characters she had created. However as I completed each of the five volumes, I became increasingly frustrated and annoyed. I persisted only because I wanted to know the identity of the Peacemaker. The author's penchant for creating unbelievable crises to impede the search for the Peacemaker and her willingness to throw a sequence of deux ex machina into her plots to either resolve or complicate t ...more
The final book in the WWI series. Set in 1918 shortly before the armistice, this draws all the threads together and finishes with the unmasking of the 'peacemaker'.

German prisoners-of-war are passing through, anxious about the realities of defeat. A nurse in a front-line clearing station is found brutally murdered and various suspects are investigated. Some of thr 'liberated' do not act honourably. I thought the book was rather patchy. The ending was weak, but the crime section good.

The majo
Very good. I haven't read the earlier books in this series set during WWI, but certainly will.
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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 cate
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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)
  • Angels in the Gloom (World War I, #3)
  • At Some Disputed Barricade (World War I, #4)
The Face of a Stranger (William Monk, #1) The Cater Street Hangman (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #1) Callander Square (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #2) A Dangerous Mourning (William Monk, #2) Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #3)

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