Friday, May 9, 2014

The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes

The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes - 306 pages

This novel opens in the months before World War II breaks out.  Juliet is a science nerd in high school with a close relationship with her older brother, Tuck whom enlists when he is first able.  The novel then fast forwards two years to when Tuck goes missing in action in Italy.  Juliet opts out of attending college, attends an accelerated nursing program, enlists in the Army Medical Corps, and ensures a posting to Italy to look for Tuck.  Once there, nothing goes as planned and medical care of the wounded in the field hospitals takes precedent.  Then one day they have a patient that comes in with a self-inflicted wound, prompting the appearance of Dr. Willard, a psychologist.  Juliet becomes his assistant and they work with Barnaby and it turns out the patient may hold the key to what happened to Tuck.

In all, the book was interesting to read.  However, it is not for the faint of heart.  The surgical descriptions are pretty gory.  At points the reader can feel Juliet's desperation to find her brother.  And the epilogue was masterfully written; it ties up all loose ends and elegantly tied together how Juliet and Willard lived out the rest of their semi-intertwined lives.

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