I was kindly sent a copy of this book by the publisher, Pegasus Elliott Mackenzie Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
I was excited to review this book because I have never read anything from the genre Historical Fiction before. As much as I am fascinated about the past and what happened to make us who we are today it’s a genre I’ve always (subconsciously) avoided. Well not anymore, I will definitely be more open to reviewing more of this genre from now on.
This book followed the lives of one family but, it is split between the past and present. I did find this style a little tricky to get my head around and I found myself at times favouring the chapters focusing on the past. That being said, it didn’t take long until I was hooked. I had a desperate need to know what was happening to Sulli, Joe and Jimmy during the war and at the same time trying to piece together what affect their actions in 1914 would have on Harry and Rose’s lives decades later.
Stephens ability to make you constantly jump from feeling empathy towards a character one minute to cursing them for causing such heartache the next is applaudable and I feel this is why I found this book so compelling.
This book perfectly highlighted the tragic affects that war can have on a person. How the (sometimes) necessary actions of one can haunt them for the rest of their lives. Demonstrating how easily PTSD can tear apart families and friendships. It highlights the importance of raising awareness of it because it can at times be incredibly difficult to spot and if untreated can lead to devastation amongst loved ones.
At the end of The Veiled Thread there is a sneak peek of Stephen’s next book and it sounds as if it’s going to be just as enthralling as this one was.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone aged 16+. Especially those readers who enjoy Historical fiction.
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