Both women are pulled into Stefan’s plans to expose the Russians’ dark secret. But is there a traitor inside the Polish resistance? And how far can Stefan be trusted? When We Fall is not perfect. Stefan is supposed to be enigmatic; instead his character falls flat. However, Carolyn Kirby has written a gripping wartime thriller, driven by two memorable heroines.
Driven by two strong female characters, each of whom could sustain a novel on her own, connected by the more ambiguous figure of Stefan, When We Fall was inspired by the Katyn massacre of 1940 and explores the emotional toll of war and the indelible marks left on people’s lives by tragedy and human wickedness.
Stefan is haunted by the Katyn massacre of 22,000 Polish soldiers by the USSR, and is in possession of a dark secret. He’s also prepared to manipulate the women who love him for the sake of a semblance of restitution.
Tense and tender, it captures the terrifying frailties of truth and trust in brutal times.