As my regular readers will know, The 9:45 to Bletchley isn’t my ‘usual’ read. Although I’ll read pretty much anything which is put in my hand I do have a tendency to lean more towards reading crime/thriller or fantasy/YA. So my reasons for requesting this ARC was a weird one. Basically I did what no reader should do and ‘judged a book by its cover.’ My reason for this is because The 9:45 to Bletchley has a photograph on the front cover which also resides in a frame in my dining room. It is a photo of a young woman in wartime style walking through a train station and turning slightly over her shoulder to look at a policeman stood on the station platform. This is of course the perfect cover for a story filled with wartime espionage, the official secrets act, code and suspicious train rides. It sparked my fancy though because when my mum first bought me the picture a few years ago she said that it had drawn her attention because it looked like the woman had a story. A story I could perhaps write. Although I’ve mulled over the woman many times and wondered about her, historical fiction just isn’t really my thing. So the woman’s story remained untold. Until now.
The story was a bit simple for my usual taste, think Sally Warboyes or Joan Jonker the minuite of other people’s lives from Ena (the main character)’s mother dishing up stew to Ena taking off each item of clothing and hanging them neatly to avoid creases. This is not a criticism however as I know it is particular to this genre and helps to character build. The story was intriguing and I did find myself racing towards the end to find out who the German Spies were. It was predicatable in parts and about halfway in i’d figured it out, however that just added to the general appeal of a simple, easy-read for a Friday afternoon. I found someparts of it a little unbelievable in terms of say how Ena acted towards the end, however I’ll not say anymore as to reveal spoilers!
Generally The 9:45 to Bletchley is a strong example of it’s genre and having found out that this was in fact book 4 in the series I wouldn’t mind reading the others about Ena’s sisters. I will say that it is a book which can be read as a standalone without trouble.
An easy 4* read.