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review: What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

Written By: Word Nerd - Apr• 04•13

What I SawWhat I Saw and How I Lied

Judy Blundell

Scholastic/YA, Mystery, Historical

Release Date: January 1, 2010

When Evie’s father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories. When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served in Joe’s company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes. She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets that surround him . . . until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two.

Yes, I’m on a bit of a YA kick right now. To be honest, it doesn’t look like it is going to end soon, so buckle down and enjoy it. I sure am!

This book has a very soft start. Characters are being introduced, the stage is set, but it doesn’t really set itself apart from the pack. It is not bad, just not extraordinary.

But, then…BAM! The book picks up speed and takes off like an out of control jalopy shooting down a rain slicked mountainside. Even when it seems to be slowing down, you can feel the tension building just off the page…you can see things are about to happen and you are powerless to stop them.  You reach the bottom of our metaphorical mountain and you think you know what is going to happen…oh, I have to stop before I spoil it for you!

In addition to a great story, it deals with some serious issues that faced our nation in the heady days following WWII.

My verdict: Read it! This was a quick read with a distinct film noir vibe.

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