Book Review – The Dark Circle by Linda Grant…

The Second World War is over, a new decade is beginning but for an East End teenage brother and sister living on the edge of the law, life has been suspended. Sent away to a tuberculosis sanatorium in Kent to learn the way of the patient, they find themselves in the company of army and air force officers, a car salesman, a young university graduate, a mysterious German woman, a member of the aristocracy and an American merchant seaman. They discover that a cure is tantalisingly just out of reach and only by inciting wholesale rebellion can freedom be snatched.
I was given an ARC by NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review.
The book starts out in post war London and we meet Lenny and Miriam. They are Jewish 18 year old twins working in London. There is a wave of growing anti-semetism that they have to face. Lenny is a brash character who likes the ladies and he loves his twin sister fiercely.
What we learn at the start is that there is a huge amount out ignorance surrounding TB. The treatments that were given at the time were on the verge of cruelty.
There is a strict regime at the sanatorium and for years it was never threatened. With the arrival of the new patients, things slowly start to change. You see that even in the face of strict control, there are those proud and brave enough to stand against it and fight for what is right for them.
The story has been reasonably well researched and the characters very well crafted. Definitely worth a read it really is.
A four out of five star read.
I am profoundly grateful to NetGalley and the Little Brown Book Group for my copy.

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