Review: Under Fire
`Under Fire` is a novel by author Linda Shenton Matchett. It's set in 1942, England. The female protagonist, Ruth Brown, has decided if there is a God he would not allow her sister to go missing, nor would he allow war and its casualties.
Ruth Brown has determined her sister is still alive and needs help, although the authorities are telling her different. If she is dead why did her parents bury an empty casket? Ruth's hometown of Hazelton Falls, New Hampshire had lost five of their own to Pearl Harbor, and the town's death toll rises. Ruth is a newspaper reporter and is determined to find out what happened to her sister.
My favorite character is Ruth because as a reporter she is focused on her duties even though she is being warned not to follow her suspicions. She is up for a challenge and will not stop until she finds the answers. All of the characters seemed life-like to me making my emotions follow their cue.
This story was so intriguing it kept my interest guessing what would happen next. I was so gripped by the story I read the 291 pages in three days. All the characters were personable and well-developed, one had to wonder if Roger Clark was a good character or bad.
I give this novel 5* out of 5* because of its gripping suspense. Fans of suspense are sure to like this novel.
Linda Shenton Matchett is a journalist, blogger of all things historical, and author. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda has lived in historical places most of her life-from Edison, New Jersey (named after the famed inventor of the lightbulb) and Washington, DC to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (reputed to be the oldest summer resort in America). A freelance writer for over ten years, her articles, and devotionals have appeared in numerous print and online publications. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and as a Trustee for the Wolfeboro Public Library. Active in her church, she serves as treasurer, usher, choir member, and Bible study leader.
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