How Angels Die


This riveting and thought-provoking historical tale is set in occupied France in 1944 and the French resistance fighters are hard at work infiltrating the Gestapo in two very different ways.

This brave and passionate story is shown through the eyes of two sisters, Monique and Claire McCleash, who, bound by blood, hold an untold and hidden depth of love for each other which lies buried amongst their personal angst and pain. This novel is full of excellent descriptive content and flows from the first page, encapsulating exactly what the author intended to tell, giving the reader a colourful insight to historical happenings and with it a true bloody and visual picture of the pain and suffering that only war can bring. There are some very graphic scenes that emotionally bind one to the characters in this plot and, in parts, the unsaid horrors of war are splattered graphically onto the pages, but this only adds to the strength and power of this novel.

The overall feel of the book is one of quality and has a great layout which ensures an easy read; although personally I think the book maybe more appealing if it was slightly smaller.

There are some clever twists and turns that continue to the end of this compelling novel and How Angels Die is more than highly recommended. As an informative historical novel this one should be right up there with the very best.

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