An Impartial Witness – Charles Todd

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4/5 Impartial Witnesses

On The Back:

It is the early summer of 1917. Bess Crawford has returned to England from the trenches of France with a convoy of severely wounded men. One of her patients is a young pilot who has been burned beyond recognition, and who clings to life and the photo of his wife that is pinned to his tunic.

While passing through a London train station, Bess notices a woman bidding an emotional farewell to an officer, her grief heart-wrenching. And then Bess realizes that she seems familiar. In fact, she’s the woman in the pilot’s photo, but the man she is seeing off is not her husband.

Back on duty in France, Bess discovers a newspaper with a drawing of the woman’s face on the front page. Accompanying the drawing is a plea from Scotland Yard seeking information from anyone who has seen her. For it appears that the woman was murdered on the very day Bess encountered her at the station.

Granted leave to speak with Scotland Yard, Bess becomes entangled in the case. Though an arrest is made, she must delve into the depths of her very soul to decide if the police will hang an innocent man or a vicious killer. Exposing the truth is dangerous—and will put her own life on the line.

My Thoughts:

I’ve been on a historical-ish kick for the past few weeks and every non-historical book hasn’t clicked the best with me. But now, I feel as if I can go back to contemporary books! This book was a very good sophomore in what seems to be an excellent series.

I loved the MC, Bess, she was everything I look for in a MC. I also liked that the author(s) featured more of Simon in this book. He’s extremely mysterious and I’d love to learn more about him! Her parents were also wonderful. They gave her so much liberty for the timeperiod she was in; it was refreshing.

The mystery was excellent. I absolutely did not see that ending coming and the killer simply blew me away. The only real problem I had with this book was the fact that it was in a different (for the most part) setting and featured an almost entirely new cast of characters from the first book. I typically don’t like that in books, however the authors managed to pull it off here.

Overall a very solid, exciting book. I will most certainly be reading the next one!

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