Recommended by Simon:
John Lacroix returns to England, having been badly injured and traumatised during The Peninsular War of the early 19th century. This well written and evocative book tells the story of his attempts to escape the repercussions of a murky incident from his time in the army in Spain.
The opening chapters set the scene and really develop Lacroix as a character, as well as giving a realistic sense of both landscape and history. The reader is led on a journey of suspense and intrigue.
This is a compelling read. I quickly became engrossed in it, and found it difficult to put down.
* WINNER OF THE HIGHLAND BOOK PRIZE ** SHORTLISTED FOR THE WALTER SCOTT PRIZE *The rapturously acclaimed new novel by the Costa Award-winning author of PURE, hailed as 'excellent', 'gripping', 'as suspenseful as any thriller', 'engrossing', 'moving' and 'magnificent'. One rainswept winter's night in 1809, an unconscious man is carried into a house in Somerset. He is Captain John Lacroix, home from Britain's disastrous campaign against Napoleon's forces in Spain.
Gradually Lacroix recovers his health, but not his peace of mind. He will not - cannot - talk about the war or face the memory of what took place on the retreat to Corunna. After the command comes to return to his regiment, he lights out instead for the Hebrides, unaware that he has far worse to fear than being dragged back to the army: a vicious English corporal and a Spanish officer with secret orders are on his trail.
In luminous prose, Miller portrays a man shattered by what he has witnessed, on a journey that leads to unexpected friendships, even to love. But as the short northern summer reaches its zenith, the shadow of the enemy is creeping closer. Freedom, for John Lacroix, will come at a high price.
Taut with suspense, this is an enthralling, deeply involving novel by one of Britain's most acclaimed writers. 'His writing suspends life until it is read and is a source of wonder and delight' Hilary Mantel on Casanova in the Sunday Times
Author:Miller, Andrew, Format: Paperback, Imprint: Sceptre, Series: N/A, Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Published: 28/05/2019, Pagination: 432 pages, Classification: Fiction & related items, Country of Publication: United Kingdom