Reviews for There Was A Soldier
I will use this page to post reviews that have been sent to me directly, rather than posted on the book’s Amazon page.
Amazon recently withdrew a five-star review of There Was A Soldier. The company would not tell me why: something to do with its guidelines for posting reviews. The originator of the review has given me permission to post it on my website. David Miller’s review follows below.
The novel I bought for a long train journey had featured in a recent literature festival and when I opened it I found it had been signed by the author. I tried to embrace that book but found nothing to embrace. I was probably my fault – maybe I didn’t understand the author’s irony, or her artful use of overblown language etc, etc. You have to give up if you get halfway through a book about relationships and you still don’t care a fig about any of the characters don’t you?
(I know serious readers and writers would have persisted with that book, if only out of respect for the blood, sweat and tears of any author.)
I didn’t have anything else to read for the rest of my journey. When I got off the train I posted the book through the nearest charity shop letter box.
If I’d had “There was a soldier…” to read on that train journey I wouldn’t have written what I’ve just written.
The two main characters, Davey and Kate attach themselves to you very quickly. I did very much care about what they were going to have to go through.
I think the author does very well to stick closely to the perspectives and motivations of Davey and Kate, leaving the horror of the situation they find themselves in to speak for itself.
I’m not a great reader of books or a reader with a lot of stamina but I found this book very engaging.
Well done David Muir.
David Miller, September 2021