Really enjoyed the juxtaposed stories of two modern marriages and the flashbacks to the hardships of a Dutch family during the German occupation of World War II Only the rather limp ending prevented me giving this 5 stars. Casualties is a thought provoking novel about the life long effects that the terrors and deprivations of war can have on someone The novel is a touching testament to the fact that we are all the sum total of our experiences, and those that occur during our formative years have the greatest impact The misguided loyalties, devastating betrayals and other heart wrenching traumas play themselves out time and again, affecting friendships and relationships This is a wonderful story which illustrates that only learning about the past can explain the present Highly recommended Thanks to Sapere Books for the ARC. 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A story of two friends rekindling a friendship and how Mariolain tells her story of hers and her family s experience of the war Also how two couples drifted apart can get together again eventually A very insightful and interesting readI received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through voracious readers As a school girl many years ago I read the l shaped room my lynne Reid banks and even now I can remember it well and it has stayed with me for over 30 years so I had very high expectations of casualties Unfortunately this book just didn t grip me in the same way, two couples both suffering different problems within their marriages and the repercussions that ww2 had exerted on the Dutch couples side, although interesting and sobering at times this book really felt like a slog to get through rather than an enjoyable read. Susie and Cal visit Susie s friends in Holland Mariolan tells the story of her war Her mother is in league with the Germans in a bid to save her family However her daughters hold dark secrets Meanwhile Niels grew up in Java and holds his own secrets Well written and weaving history with the contemporary. More like 3.5 than 4 Quite gripping but Dutch characters somehow not fully formed Some really horrifying evocations of WWII atrocities The most convincing aspect, though, was the strained marriage of the main character depicted in painfully convincing detail. Two couple, two marriages, four troubled pasts When English Sue gets an unexpected phone call from an old Dutch friend, Mariolain, it leads to a holiday offer which Sue and Cal, whose marriage is going through a rough patch, accept with alacrity But it turns out that Mariolain and Niels marriage is in trouble too, and the holiday turns into an opportunity to explore the past The Dutch couple win this contest hands down, as their parents were caught up in Holland s terrible experiences in WWII and it s no surprise that the legacy of that past still has a stranglehold on the present What starts out as a fairly humdrum account of married life soon turns into something much darker This is not literary fiction of the highest order, but it is a compelling story deftly told, and if the characterisation especially of the children sometimes lacks depth, the narrative rattles along at a good pace and it s an enjoyable and entertaining read, with a good bit of history thrown in. Lynne Reid Banks has fond memories for me, a dear friend passing on her books back in my teens and insisting I read The L Shaped Room trilogy, books which have stayed with me over the intervening 25 years When I was offered a reissued copy of Casualties by Sapere Books I was intrigued to discover a Banks book that I haven t come across before.In this novel Suky, a writer, is living in an unhappy marriage with her two sons when an unexpected friend from her past gets back in touch asking for a favour, which she accedes to This leads to the two families joining together in an Easter holiday at the other couple, Mariolaine and Niels home in the Netherlands The holiday affords Suky a journey into the past of the couple and their life as children during the Second World War which is, ultimately, shocking and real Mariolaine s life in a Netherlands torn apart by Nazi annexation where friends and neighbours become collaborators and no one can be trusted, and Niel s babyhood in Japan occupied Indonesia are stark reminders of the impact of war on families, and especially children.Casualties feels a little dated, it felt strange to be reading on Kindle rather than a yellowing paperback, but Lynne Reid Banks is an excellent author and this is a story that is compelling and powerful.
The Indian in the Cupboard, which has sold over 10 million copies and been made into a film.Banks was born in London, the only child of James and Muriel Reid Banks She was evacuated to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada during World War II but returned after the war was over She attended St Teresa s School in Surrey Prior to becoming a writer Banks was an actress, and also worked as a television journalist in Britain, one of the first women to do so Her first novel,
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