Friday, 4 March 2016
The Collaborator by Margaret Leroy
Guernsey, 1940. Vivienne de la Mare's husband is fighting on the frontline and the facade of being the perfect wife is cracking. Her new life is one where the enemy lives next door. Small acts of kindness from one Nazi soldier feel like a betrayal. But how can you hate your enemy when you know his name?"
I gave this a 3.5 stars or 7/10.
I found this a very engaging read that was full of strong female characters. Vivienne, her two daughters and mother in law find themselves living in occupied Guernsey due to Vivienne deciding that they should remain there instead of fleeing to the English mainland. As they find themselves neighbours to German soldiers, it's not too long before they realise that even though they might be the enemy they are also human.
As Vivienne and her family amble along in their day to day lives, the pressure of war and how it affects them all becomes more and more evident. We only have one life to live and it's not a rehearsal, so Vivienne acted in the way that she felt was right for her and her family.
I feel that this would make a great reading group read. There is so much that could be discussed about it. If you love reading about the Second World War then this is the perfect read for you.