In the Morning


This is the third book in Cronin’s trilogy charting the struggle of two young boys, Frank and Les, against the Nazis. Cronin takes an interesting perspective on the Second World War, and follows the events that subsequently could have happened following a successful invasion of Britain by the Nazis.

The reader joins Frank and Les as they have just been reunited, after being separated during their work for the Resistance against the Nazi forces who are occupying England. Following an attack by an American fighter bomber, they are separated once more, as Les flees the scene quickly, while Frank lies under the rubble of the Nazi fuel tank that has exploded. Les unites with more resistance workers, whilst Frank unwittingly finds himself staying with a family of Nazi supporters. Both fear the other is dead, and Frank is still unsure whether his father is dead or alive; he has not seen him since the night the Nazis invaded their home town of Shevington.

I found that In the Morning became more interesting as the story progressed, although the constant skipping between places and events made the story confusing and difficult to follow. I also felt the end was slightly too predictable, but certainly found that it was interesting to read a novel about what could possibly have happened had the Nazis won the Battle of Britain, and succeeded in controlling the skies above the UK.

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