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When We Fall  by Carolyn Kirby

When We Fall

Carolyn Kirby

3.50 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: No Exit Press
Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd
Publication date: 7 May 2020
ISBN: 9780857303950
  • The TimesHistorical Fiction Book of the Month
3 stars out of 5
Antonia Senior
20 May 2020

"a gripping wartime thriller, driven by two memorable heroines"

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.

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4 stars out of 5
Alastair Mabbott
16 May 2020

"Driven by two strong female characters, each of whom could sustain a novel on her own"

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.

4 stars out of 5
7 May 2020

"Tense and tender"

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.