The Juliet Code, written by Christine Wells, is based in England a few years after World War 2. It follows Juliet Barnard, a British agent captured by the Germans; Felix Mortimer, her colleague and lover; and Mac, an SAS officer searching for his sister.
In an attempt to help find Mac’s sister, and possibly bring down the Nazi who held her captive, Juliet is forced to relive her role in the war, from training to her capture and survival. She carries a secret that she is afraid of spilling but keeping it will mean she lives her life in fear, her guilt slowly eating away at her.
Christine gives great attention to even the smallest of details meaning that you are able to truly imagine every scene. She brings the characters to life in such a way that you feel as if you know them and are with them through every step of their journey.
The secrets and pain that the characters carry bond them and endear them to you. It allows them to trust each other at a time when trust is rarely given and, as the story progresses, you slowly get to peel back the layers of each character, discovering the people they were before the war and how it has changed them.
If you are looking for a book you can’t put down, and one that keeps you guessing, then I recommend reading this book. It keeps surprising you until the very end and, when you think you know what’s coming, you’re instead knocked sideways with what is actually revealed. I definitely guessed the wrong secret a few times throughout this book.
This is one book that will keep you hooked on every word from beginning to end.
Reviewed by Rebecca Tscheresch
Rating out of 10: 10
Distributed by: Penguin Australia
Released: April 2018
RRP: $32.99 trade paperback, $12.99 eBook