Staff Pick --Code Name Verity

Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Robyn_Bookworm

Code Name Verity Code Name Verity -Elizabeth Wein

I have been seeing buzz about this book for months and every single review I read said the same thing: “We can’t say anything about this book because we don’t want to give anything away.” This tight-lipped praise really caught my attention so I put my name on the holds list and waited impatiently for my copy to come in.

After reading it, I have to agree -I really don’t know how to write a review without giving something away. The basic premise is safe enough. Set in the midst of WWII, two young women travel to Nazi-occupied France to undertake a mission for the British Special Ops. The novel opens with a confession from one of the women, who has been captured by the Gestapo and is being tortured and forced to reveal everything she knows.

I really can’t say anything more, but suffice it to say that I had a very difficult time putting this book down. Immediately after reading it, I wanted to start all over again and try to pick up on the many little nuances that are hidden in plain sight and make this story so much more than it first appears. I’ll be honest, spy novels are not normally my cup of tea, but I’m glad I didn’t let this one pass me by because the espionage is truly just the surface level of a novel that has so many layers waiting to be unravelled. The book has been out since May, so the request list has finally dwindled down. Pick up a copy today and discover it for yourself.

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