Visit the dark days of WWII in Lucy Ribchester’s novel The Amber Shadows. Honey Deschamps is a typist at top-secret Bletchley Park, working in a hut on the park grounds and living in a billet in town with a not very welcoming couple. One evening she receives a package from a well-dressed, handsome young man who tells her the package was delivered to his work area by mistake. When she opens it she finds a piece of amber inside. In the week that follows she receives three more pieces and discovers they have a secret code scratched into them. Are they from her unknown father, whom she and her brother have always believed to be Russian and the curator of the famous Amber Room? Is he trying to contact them? Does he need help? Or are the amber pieces part of a conspiracy, being used to entrap her code-breaking friends who know too much about the goings on at Bletchley?
With a strong atmosphere of paranoia, suspicion and fear, this novel keeps the tension high. Honey - a fan of Hitchcock films - searches for the truth about her past and dodges the manipulations of the officials at Bletchley, giving this novel the feel of a 40’s era suspense film. The period details are fantastic and Ribchester does a great job recreating the “careless talk costs lives” undercurrent that puts everyone off balance. If you like spy stories or the Maisie Dobbs or Maggie Hope series, you’ll like The Amber Shadows. - Anbolyn (Sunset)