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Trapeze (Marian Sutro, #1)
Jun 23, 2012
Some novels should come with an advisory: “Readers will not get anything done until they have completed this book.” Trapeze by Simon Mawer is desperately in need of that label. Readers are immediately drawn into this novel by its main character, Marian Sutro, a young woman wondering what her place is in the fighting of World War II. Marian is the daughter of an English father and a French mother, and is bilingual, making her the perfect addition to the French Section of the Special Operations Executive, or the SOE. The SOE was an actual Operation that sent thirty-nine women into the field between May 1941 and September 1944. Mawer has taken this fact and created an unforgettable heroine and a war story filled with spies and intrigue. Marian is put through rigorous training and is to be dropped into France when she is questioned by two gentlemen who seem to be privy to personal details of her past. Her girlhood crush and a longtime friend of the family, Clement Pelletier is still in Paris, where he is still working as a physicist. As the war escalates it becomes evident that science will somehow play a role in ending the war, and Pelletier is wanted in England by the Allies. Marian’s initial mission of being dropped into Southern France to assist the Resistance now takes on a more dangerous and emotional element. Trapeze is finely crafted and well researched, fast paced and full of unexpected plot twists, and will surely have readers on the edge of their seat until the final page.
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June 23, 2012 – Shelved
June 23, 2012 – Finished Reading