Where can a wanted man hide in a country full of returned war heroes?
It’s 1952 and Frank Danby has been looking over his shoulder for the last ten years, forced to lead an itinerant life, getting work wherever he can while trying to keep one step ahead of the police.
Returning to London, he finds a job in an East End pub, where he becomes entangled with Grace, the young and beautiful wife of the landlord. Then the law comes knocking. Facing a justice system prejudiced against him, Frank must find a way to escape the gallows.
Too Many Heroes is a gripping period thriller, exploring love, belonging and betrayal in a country still recovering from WW2. A must for fans of the post-war novels of Philip Kerr, Kate Atkinson and Sara Sheridan.
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I thought this was a rich, satisfying novel that manages to successfully be both an historical and a romantic novel.
Firstly I thought the author does a great job of setting the scene in this book with 1950’s London brought vividly to life so I could almost smell the sights and sounds that are described. It is a time where the effects of the war are still being felt and helps provide an interesting backdrop to the story.
Frank was a great main character that I thought was wonderfully portrayed. He’s a man with a lot of secrets and, while they are ones that he probably should face up to, I did feel a lot of sympathy for him. I wanted to keep reading to find out how things would end up. Grace was another fantastic character who is an incredibly passionate and brave lady who I enjoyed learning more about. The story is told from both Frank and Grace’s point of view with the story moving seamlessly between the two which I found very intriguing.
This book had a fabulous plot which had a great pace to it and gripped me from the start with its dramatic opening. I’m not sure I would describe it as a thriller but it is a beautiful written, absorbing read which I found hard to put down. The ending was incredibly clever and I found myself completely wrong footed about how it was going to end up.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to the author for several me a copy of this book.
About The Book:
Jan Turk Petrie is a thriller writer based in the UK. A former English teacher with an MA in creative writing from the University of Gloucestershire, Jan has written numerous, prize-winning short stories.