Author: Suzanne Goldring
Published by: Forever on Jul. 14, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction
Book Rating: 8.5/10
You can pay a terrible price for keeping a promise…
Evelyn Taylor-Clarke sits in her chair at Forest Lawns Care Home in the heart of the English countryside, surrounded by residents with minds not as sharp as hers. It would be easy to dismiss Evelyn as a muddled old woman, but her lipstick is applied perfectly, and her buttons done up correctly. Because Evelyn is a woman with secrets and Evelyn remembers everything. She can never forget the promise she made to the love of her life, to discover the truth about the mission that led to his death, no matter what it cost her…
When Evelyn’s niece Pat opens an old biscuit tin to find a photo of a small girl with a red ball entitled ‘Liese, 1951’ and a passport in another name, she has some questions for her aunt. And Evelyn is transported back to a place in Germany known as ‘The Forbidden Village,’ where a woman who called herself Eva went where no one else dared, amongst shivering prisoners, to find the man who gambled with her husband’s life…
Captivating, mysterious, and cunning!
My Name is Eva is an intense, affecting tale that immerses you into the life of Evelyn Taylor-Clarke as she spends her final days remembering loves lost, sacrifices made, and secrets long buried.
The prose is descriptive and insightful. The characters are anguished, resilient, and clever. And the plot using a past-present, back-and-forth style and using a unique mixture of narrative, letters, and crosswords unravels quickly into a tale of life, love, loss, family, friendship, injustice, guilt, self-identity, war, bravery, and survival.
Overall, My Name is Eva is a compelling, touching, haunting debut by Goldring that highlights the inconceivable hardships, suffering, and horrors endured during wartime and reminds us that revenge is always best served cold.
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Thank you to Forever & Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.