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Matthew, CSI Peterborough (Carnegie Shadowing Investigators)

Salt to the Sea

First and foremost, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The author's way of writing was exhilaratingly unique, and it never failed to surprise me in where the story was headed. It made me stop and think, but not in a way that confused me as to what was going on. The multiple viewpoints, despite seeing it in other books before, I felt that it really worked in terms of giving you a more rounded sense of the World Wars, and how everyone was affected, without making it too complicated.

However, I must say that among the four viewpoints, I think that Alfred was very underdeveloped, and yet had a lot of potential for growth. I also think that, possibly, the ending was slightly rushed compared to the other parts of the story, and the other nominated books. This doesn't necessarily ruin the book, however, as I do feel the book did incredibly well everywhere else. I feel as if the ending, though, didn't really make much realistic sense, but without spoiling the book, I can't really say more or why.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book, and recommend it to anyone who likes or wants to try historical fiction, but there are some things that I feel had a lot of room for improvement.

Posted on: 6th May 2017 at 10:03 am

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