The Juliet Code (Christine Wells) – book review

The British Special Operations Executive (SOE) conducted espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance in occupied Europe during WWII.

The Juliet Code focuses on the actions of the operations of the SOE to greater extent through the eyes of British agent and wireless operator Juliet (her story is told in real-time and reflection) as she is asked to explain her actions post-war.

Here’s the blurb:

It’s 1947 and the war is over, but Juliet Barnard is still tormented by secrets. She was a British agent and wireless operator in occupied Paris until her mission went critically wrong. Juliet was caught by the Germans, imprisoned and tortured in a mansion in Paris’s Avenue Foch.

Now that she’s home, Juliet can’t – or won’t – relive the horrors that occurred in that place. Nor will she speak about Sturmbannführer Strasser, the manipulative Nazi who held her captive. . .

Haunted by the guilt of betrayal, the last thing Juliet wants is to return to Paris. But when Mac, an SAS officer turned Nazi-hunter, demands her help searching for his sister, Denise, she can’t refuse. Denise and Juliet trained together before being dropped behind enemy lines. Unlike Juliet, Denise never made it home. Certain Strasser is the key to discovering what happened to his sister, Mac is determined to find answers – but will the truth destroy Juliet?

Torn between protecting herself and the guilt of betrayal, she returns to the place she was imprisoned and tortured to find answers. It’s a thoroughly tense and absorbing story that’s full of intrigue, drama and historical detail, and I’d recommend it to historical fiction fans.

Monique Mulligan
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