Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tamar: A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal, Mal Peet

In the end, it was her grandfather, William Hyde, who gave the unborn child her name. He was serious about names; he'd had several himself. 

Fifteen year old Tamar was named this by her grandfather. When he dies, leaving her a box with coded messages, she discovers her namesake- a man in World War II involved in being a resistance fighter in the Netherlands. His story is complex, with love, jealousy, tragedy, all set during the fear of the war. Tamar unravels the story and changes her life. This was a great book. It had so many good elements, as the title suggests. It has romance, which is always nice, and espionage/intrigue, as well as being set partly in an important time period in history. I liked the characters of both Tamars, as well as Marijike, the woman that the first Tamar loves. And I love codes. The "betrayal" that the title refers to was a very obvious one, over love, as you might expect. It was nothing too complicated, though it was still quite effective.

Read Tamar:
  • if you are interested in World War II
  • if you like codes
  • if you like historical mysteries
  • if you are interested in espionage
424 pages.

Very Good! I would recommend this book!

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