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A Test of Wills by Charles Todd
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Jan 22, 2010

it was amazing
Read in January, 2010

This was a re-read of the book: I first read it about 3 years ago, so had to read it again as I now have all but the very latest in the series lined up under a table in my living room.

A Test of Wills is an engrossing mystery. The writing sucks you in.
The subtext is that "shell shock" is not willfully chosen, is not "being crazy" and is persistent. The writer(s) even created it in a child involved in the mystery, and (fortunately for me) figured how to drag her out of it. That was fascinating.

The myriad details that come together to create a stunning and utterly plausible finale are strewn gently thoughout the text. This is not a book to skim: skimming it would give you a facile deus ex machina, which the ending is not.

The representation of immediate post-WWI England is rich and informs the story. Side characters are fully drawn.

I can't wait for #3, having read #2 out of order (local library system owns all but #2!!!)

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