Review: The Darkest Hour

Chronicles of Tania

The Darkest Hour
The Darkest Hour by Barbara Erskine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Normally I don’t enjoy World War 2 books, but I really enjoyed this one with the descriptions of the air fields and spitfires, the lives of the pilots, the constant air raids etc. This time the heroines Evie (1940s) and Lucy (present day) weren’t as self-centred, helpless and wimpish as the usual Erskine heroines, though they both had some moments of ‘princess behaviour’ in the book which made me cringe. Amazingly, the other characters put up with them and don’t seem to notice! I am always astonished by this and find it a bit unbelievable.
The antagonist Eddie was a great ‘evil’ character and the father was frustratingly obtuse and selfish with regards to his daughter Evie. Christopher the banker was stereotyped as a greedy grabbing gold digger. we see too much of this character in the press…

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