This book is so important. For me, because of this line:
"It's like being in love, discovering your best friend."
I just finished this and I'm emotional in that I've bawled my bloody eyes out and I can't remember the last time I've cried so hard over a book before in my life. There are tear stains on page 319 from the person that checked this book out before me and page 319 is where I absolutely lost it and had to step away and let myself cry. This is difficult to review because so much of the story was so interwoven and I don't want to spoil anything at all so I'll keep this relatively short. This is a book about two extraordinary ladies and their friendship. This is more important than any romance a person could recommend for me to read (not that romance is bad, I obviously enjoy romance in novels. I just enjoy friendship more ). This is about a brave Scottish girl breaking under the weight of torture by the hands of the Nazis and telling the story of how she met an extraordinary pilot-slash-mechanic. And ultimately, how an extraordinary pilot-slash-mechanic did the unthinkable for her best friend.
I love historical fiction but generally avoid it because of inaccuracies or moments when history is discarded to let plot and fiction take its course. This book probably has more technical jargon than one would care to read but it made it all the more enriching. It made it all so painfully real. The narration of this book was just as raw as you would expect from a girl weighted down by the force of her treason in complying with the enemy. It was also technically stunning, as she's writing about her best friend, about Maddie, more than she's writing her own story. It's a book about war and espionage and lady pilots and friendship, most of all friendship.