We Shall Not Sleep by Anne Perry
A Novel (World War One Novels)

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Anne Perry’s magnificent Victorian mysteries established her as one of the world’s best known and loved historical novelists. Now, in her vividly imagined World War I novels, Perry’s talents “have taken a quantum leap” (The Star-Ledger), and so has the number of her devoted readers. We Shall Not Sleep, the final book in this epic series featuring the dedicated Reavley family, is perhaps the most memorably enthralling of all Perry’s novels.

After four long years, peace is finally in sight. But chaplain Joseph Reavley and his sister Judith, an ambulance driver on the Western Front, are more hard pressed than ever. Behind the lines, violence is increasing: soldiers are abusing German prisoners, a nurse has been raped and murdered, and the sinister ideologue called the Peacemaker now threatens to undermine the peace just as he did the war.

Then Matthew, the third Reavley sibling and an intelligence expert, suddenly arrives at the front with startling news. The Peacemaker’s German counterpart has offered to go to England and expose his co-conspirator as a traitor. But with war still raging and prejudices inflamed, such a journey would be fraught with hazards, especially since the Peacemaker has secret informers everywhere, even on the battlefield.

For richness of plot, character, and feeling, We Shall Not Sleep is unmatched. Anne Perry’s brilliantly orchestrated finale is a heartstopping tour de force, mesmerizing and totally satisfying.


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About Anne Perry

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Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including Dark Assassin and The Shifting Tide, and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Buckingham Palace Gardens and Long Spoon Lane. She is also the author of the World War I novels No Graves As Yet, Shoulder the Sky, Angels in the Gloom, At Some Disputed Barricade, and We Shall Not Sleep, as well as six holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Grace. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.
 
Published April 10, 2007 by Ballantine Books. 388 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This development, which will solve the killing of the Reavleys’ parents back in the first of this series, sends Matthew scurrying up to Joseph’s Flanders post, where a high-ranking German ally of the Peacemaker, a British traitor, is supposed to give himself up.

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Reviewing the Evidence

After all of the violence, hopelessness and despair that the characters faced in their pursuit of justice and in the war, I would have imagined the Peacemaker's unveiling to be more suspenseful and meaningful for the characters.

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Historical Novel Society

This is the fifth and final volume in Anne Perry’s series of World War I mysteries about the Reavley siblings: British army chaplain Joseph, Secret Intelligence Service officer Matthew, and ambulance driver Judith.

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Coffee Time Romance

Chaplain Joseph Reavley thought the war would end in only a few months.

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