Author: Elizabeth Wein
Provided Synopsis: Oct. 11th, 1943—A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.
When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.
As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?
Review: What a story. What a friendship.
I find it incredibly difficult to write a review for this book because there are so many nuances of it that you will want to discover on your own. I don’t want to give away spoilers.
What I can say is that you will fall in love with the strength of Verity’s voice. The story is told through a series of written testimonies that she must surrender to her Gestapo captors. Verity decides to start her tale at the beginning, speaking of her best friend Maddie, a pilot. Both women are involved in the English war effort during WWII; this is their journey, this is how they’ve come to be best friends, this is how Verity has ended up in the hands of the enemy. I’m truly just blown away by how well this story was written and how it culminated to its end. Please read this book.