The Golden Peacock, by Lauren B. Grossman: #BookReview.

golden peacock

287 pages

Historical Fiction/Mystery, Thriller and Suspense

A ‘thriller’ that actually concentrates on the characters, bringing them to life so the reader is eager to invest emotion and concern for them. In fact, this doesn’t read like an ordinary thriller at all.

This thoughtful, evocative and moving book is a very good read. I read as a writer and would have liked a little more ‘show’ and a little less ‘tell’, but many readers won’t mind about that aspect.

The story is cleverly woven around the central characters and presented through the eyes and experiences of the two main female protagonists. Shifting, in separate chapters, between the present, and the past as lived by one of the women, it presents the tale in a form that both illuminates and involves.

There are hard passages in this novel; hard to read, that is, because of the events revealed. And there are moments of supreme tenderness to offset the horror. The balance is excellent.

Many of the younger generation will be unaware of the realities of war for civilians caught up in conflicts over which they have no control, but this book illustrates such terrors in a way that drives home the sheer awfulness of such experience. For older generations, with first or second-hand knowledge of such events, it personalises them, bringing new light to these dreadful happenings.

This is a story of persecution, courage, mindless hatred, love, and sheer persistence and I’m glad I had the chance to read it.


[Any review is a personal opinion. No reviewer can represent the view of anyone else. The best we can manage is an honest reaction to any given book.]