Cat and Mouse
Set as the Great War of 1914 is about to break, Cat and Mouse is a gripping story of ideals, the fight for beliefs, and the interaction between people who have different views of life, love, and what is right and wrong. Vicary successfully tackles the upper-class Edwardian compulsion to maintain a high social status, whatever the cost, and no matter how much hypocritical secrecy is required to keep that important respectability.
The central characters, Sarah Beckett and Deborah Cavendish are two sisters, one who lives in London, the other in Ulster, both of whom are strong-minded women who are enduring loveless marriages. The plot involves the coarse reality that was hidden behind the façade of wealthy Edwardian life, from child prostitution; the poverty of industrial workers who withdraw their labour and strike; the passion of the Suffragettes and the necessary secrecy of homosexuality. There is underhand plotting by the Germans, kidnap, blackmail – in other words a vast plot worthy of any on the edge of your seat TV drama series!
Although I am interested in the Suffragettes and their dedication to their cause of gaining the vote for women, I know little of this period. Cat and Mouse appears to be well researched and out of interest I found myself looking on-line to discover more behind the portrayed facts on more than one occasion.
The writing was a believable, gripping read, weaving the various threads of the plot together very neatly and cleverly.