But I have told the truth. Isn’t that ironic? They sent me because I am so good at telling lies. But I have told the truth.” -CODE NAME VERITY
Y’all, it’s only January and I already have SO many great World War II historical fiction books on my TBR! Today, I’m reviewing my first WWII histfic of the year, CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein.
CODE NAME VERITY centers around Verity, a young Scottish spy who has been captured by the Gestapo. The first half is told from her perspective because Verity has agreed to write a confession stating her mission. The second half is told through the writings of Verity’s best friend, Maddie, a British RAF pilot who was involved in Verity’s work.
I absolutely loved the writing style in this book. It was so intriguing to read a story told entirely through a character’s writings, and both girls had such clever, spunky voices. On the other hand, I had a hard time with all the plane lingo. This was the first book I’ve read with emphasis on that subject matter, so it was new to me. The author did a fine job explaining it, so I don’t fault the book, but it did interrupt my flow every time I tripped over a plane term.
This book wasn’t as emotionally devastating as other WWII histfics I’ve read, but there were plenty of moments which reminded the reader of the horrors of war or tugged at the heartstrings. Verity and Maddie share such a close bond, and it was wonderful to see it unfold.
My favorite thing about CODE NAME VERITY was trying to determine what is true and what is false. As Verity writes her confession, I couldn’t help wondering if she had truly caved or if she was outwitting her captors through a false confession. She claims every word is true, but is it really? The mystery unfolded as I read, and it was so enthralling.
If you’re a WWII histfic fan, you should add CODE NAME VERITY to your TBR! It’s a fun, exciting story and was an excellent start to the many historical fiction books I hope to read this year!
It’s like being in love, discovering your best friend.” -CODE NAME VERITY