The Deadly Playground, 1914 by Robert Carter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My first impression was - The cover and the first two chapters are not that great. The cover looks like a resized image with text slapped on it and the beginning was slow. Remember how we had to wait three series for Mary and Matthew to get together in Downton? This was even slower than that.
As I got to the middle, I felt - I was immersed. Historical fiction especially ones related to war and relationships are personal. Look at it from left or right, top or bottom, it is that emotional bond between the characters that will pull you in. I was gone by now. I had cried, I had smiled and I had sighed. I wanted the best for the family and I wanted to know how it all ended.
As I neared the end, I thought - Robert Carter's writing struck a chord with me. Some readers might say he has too much attention to detail but I like this in books because it takes me back and places me right in the centre of the scene.
My final impression and recommendations - I loved it and now I can't believe I have to wait for the next in the series. Highly recommended. If you liked Jeffrey Archer's Clifton Chronicles, this book will be your new favourite.
Disclosure - As a Quality Reads UK Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my book review. This book review is based on my thoughts, opinion and understanding of the book. This book review does not reflect the opinion of other book club members.