Code Name Verity weaves an intricate tale of friendship, loyalty and tragedy set against a backdrop of Nazi-occupied France during World War II.
The story of how two young women from very different social backgrounds become the best of friends is told by “Verity”, or Julie as she is later revealed to be, as she is forced by her Gestapo captors to hand-write her account of how she had to bail out of a faulty aircraft over France.
Telling only the truth, she builds up to the point at which the pair met, how their friendship developed and how they fell in love. She recounts how she came to be flying over France, how the plane crashed, and how her beloved Maddie could be lying dead, all told with a passionate intensity and openness despite the knowledge that the Gestapo will ultimately kill her.
As expected being historical fiction, the period detail provides depth and accuracy, but the novel also benefits from the author’s personal love of flying and is filled with many technical details about aircraft too, which add to the credibility of this passionate and emotional tale.