Two Storm Wood

A Novel

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Pub Date 29 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 28 Feb 2022

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In this thriller set on the battlefields of the Somme after the end of World War I, a woman investigates the disappearance of her fiancé.

The Great War has ended, but for Amy Vanneck there is no peace. Her fiancé, Edward Haslam, a lieutenant in the 7th Manchesters, is missing, presumed dead. Amy travels to the desolate battlefields of northern France to learn his fate and recover his body. She’s warned that this open-air morgue is no place for a civilian, much less a woman, but Amy is willing to brave the barbed wire, the putrid water, and the rat-infested tunnels that dot the landscape. Her search is upended when she discovers the scene of a gruesome mass murder. What does it signify?

Soon Amy begins to have suspicions that Edward might not be dead. Disquieting and yet compulsively readable, Two Storm Wood builds to an ending that is both thrilling and emotionally riveting.

About the Author:     
Philip Gray, under the pseudonym of Patrick Lynch, is the coauthor of six thrillers that have sold over a million copies worldwide. He published, as Philip Sington, Zoia's Gold, The Einstein Girl, and The Valley of Unknowing. He lives in London.

In this thriller set on the battlefields of the Somme after the end of World War I, a woman investigates the disappearance of her fiancé.

The Great War has ended, but for Amy Vanneck there is no...


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Thank you NetGalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an ARC in return for my honest review. This was both a murder mystery and an historical novel and it excelled at both. The descriptions of the battlefields during WWI in France were explicit and depressing. The mud, the filth, the rats, the decaying dead. Much of the scenes took place in the rain, which just added to the depressing landscape. The story is told from 1916 to 1919 and involves a grisly murder and the search for Amy's fiancé who is missing in action. The ending was so surprising and well wrapped up that I had to go back and read some sections for clues which I missed. An excellent story describing the aftermath of war and the work that went into locating the dead and giving them a decent burial.

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This is how you do historical fiction. Take notes, I know I am. Such a well written book, Two Storm Wood immerses us into the world of Amy as she tries to find her fiancé Edward, who is missing from the destruction of WW1 and its wake, and uncovers a whole host of secrets.

Mr. Gray gives us a sweet, quiet romance that could thaw even the most apathetic of hearts and adds a good dose of suspense that compels you to turn the pages. I have to admit, I tried really hard not to tear through it, I wanted the feelings to last - those little moments of Amy & Edward together, Amy piercing together clues, secrets unfolding, and those final pages… yeah, I gave a little gasp.

Such a beautifully written and paced book. Highly recommend.

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