Marian Sutro is an outsider: the daughter of a diplomat, brought up on the shores of Lake Geneva and in England, half French, half British, naive yet too clever for her own good. But when she is recruited from her desk job by SOE to go undercover in wartime France, it seems her hybrid status – and fluent French – will be of service to a greater, more dangerous cause.
Trained in sabotage, dead-drops, how to perform under interrogation and how to kill, Marian parachutes into south-west France, her official mission to act as a Resistance courier. But her real destination is Paris, where she must seek out family friend Clément Pelletier, once the focus of her adolescent desires. A nuclear physicist engaged in the race for a new and terrifying weapon, he is of urgent significance to her superiors. As she struggles through the strange, lethal landscape of the Occupation towards this reunion, what completes her training is the understanding that war changes everything, and neither love nor fatherland may be trusted.
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky is both a gripping adventure story and a moving meditation on patriotism, betrayal and the limits of love
My take on the book!
Once again (surprise, surprise!!) we have a book from the mystery/thriller genre although this time we have some love thrown in! What can I say about this book other than you have to read it. I have read The Girl Who Fell From The Sky a number of times and every time is like its the first time all over again, mind you that could have something to do with the fact I remember nothing – my poor husband is fed up sitting through films with me that we have seen dozens of times and I’m asking ‘Who is he?’ or ‘What is she doing?’. Joking aside though, I do love this book. I do notice something new or take it from a different perspective each time I read it. I have shed many a tear over this book and according to the back of the book Rachel Cooke of the Observer cried too so at least I know I’m not alone!!!!