by Sarah Waters
Reviewed by Mia
Sarah Waters excels at revisiting iconic moments in British history and presenting these eras through unique viewpoints. In The Night Watch, she tells her story of London during WWII backwards, weaving together the lives of strangers who meet through the unexpected and sometimes terrible serendipity of war. Although the deliberate pacing of the plot and the connections between characters take a while to draw readers in, by the time she deftly pulls her readers (and characters) back to 1941, the impulse to start the first chapter over and experience the story full circle is powerful.