Book Review – Dead To Me

by Lesley Pearse (Michael Joseph) ISBN 9780718181215

It is Spring, 1935 in Hampstead Heath. Verity is a well-mannered, rich girl and Ruby is dirty, uncouth and poor when they meet. Their roles become reversed and they help one another through the transition. Their friendship lasts a lifetime, as they save one another’s lives through tragedies and injuries, and troubles with parents and boyfriends.

Verity is in London and Ruby in Babbacombe for most of the Second World War. After an incident where they are estranged for many years, they eventually reconnect at just the right time.

Dead To Me is a harrowing story of trials and tragedies for both characters. The story makes the realities and daily life of wartime Britain more tangible. After all of the challenges the two face, it is good to see their resilience shine through. A good read.

Amanda Blankfield-Koseff

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Posted on: 6th April 2017