Saturday, December 3, 2011

Tamar - Mal Peet

Just finished this one - a story in two time frames - the present day, from the point of view of the teenage Tamar, who receives a box of clues and coded messages from her grandfather.  He has just committed suicide, but clearly intends her to find the box and solve the mystery.  The other story involves another Tamar, a man who was involved in the Dutch resistance to the Nazis in the 1940s.

Tangled relationships, the unravelling of the story and its consequences for Tamar, her father and her future make this a really absorbing read, and I learned a lot about the realities of World War II in Holland.

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