One Minute Book Review – The Darkest Hour by Barbara Erskine


Barbara Erskine is one of my favourite writers of popular time-slip fiction. The modern narrative in this novel concerns art historian, Lucy Standish, who is writing a biography of wartime artist, Evie Lucas, about whom little is known. The historical narrative begins in the summer of 1940 at the start of the Battle of Britain and follows  Evie’s struggle to establish herself as an artist and her growing relationship with a young pilot. As Lucy attempts to discover more about Evie’s life, she encounters resistance not only from Evie’s family but also from malevolent forces from the past. Erskine is a skilled writer and her unobtrusive prose effortlessly carries the story. A page turner that becomes more and more compelling as the story progresses.

Detailed reviews can be found here and here.

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