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Miss Howden, Chobham Academy Book Group

Salt to the Sea

A stunning historical stand alone, it's no wonder this book has been nominated for, and won, multiple awards. Beautiful (and harrowing) descriptions closely supported by the rich depth of character emotions - the amount of research Ruta Sepetys put into the novel shines through.

I was initially concerned by a four part narration as I'm not usually a fan of jumping between narrators. But I need not have feared. Each of the four has their own distinctive voice; the sections are so closely entwined it's impossible to lose track of the characters or be disappointed in missing your favourite for too long. The chapters are so short it's impossible not to fly through the pages, the pacing of the book is a thing of marvel in itself.

Not wanting to give much away, it is a must read with twists and turns which grasp at you throughout. The events and characters are ones that remain with you long after the last page is closed, and I've found myself searching for more information about the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff. This book has quite possibly started an itch for more historical fiction, and I won't be hesitating to get hold of more books by Ruta Sepetys as soon as possible.

Posted on: 1st April 2017 at 06:31 pm

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