It is 1943, the German army has been defeated at Stalingrad, and the tide is beginning to turn. But on occupied Guernsey, the reality of war seems a lifetime away. Recreating life on the occupied island, this novel asks questions about collaboration and the nature of war. Review: Set in 1943, during the German occupation of Guernsey, Binding's absorbing novel deals with varying degrees of wartime collaboration. Its sympathetic protagonist, Gerhard Lentsch, a major in the German army, returns to the island from his native Berlin to find that his lover is missing; the subsequent revelation that she has been murdered draws several of his fellow officers and most of Guernsey's citizens into an unholy alliance of betrayal and cover-up. Binding's account of a society undermined by greed and sexual jealousy is compellingly presented, and his lively approach to character and dialogue brings this episode of World War II vividly to life. (Kirkus UK)

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