Review: The Darkest Hour

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. Sympathies lie with poor Tony one of the central characters and George one of the sideline characters. The book is informed (regarding the RAF research) and the author has written with passion and it shows compared to her two last books which were a bit tired and just okay. This was a great read. View all my reviews