Each chapter in this book is named for a painting displayed in London’s National Gallery which is an integal part of the story. A QR code directs you to the painting – if you have a smartphone. I don’t, but I sought some of the paintings on my computer at times that suited me. That meant if I was reading in bed at might, I waited until the next day to view the relevant painting. I wonder how many people read the book with their phones beside them? I started to get impatient with wanting to see the painting, yet not wanting to leave the book to look up the picture.
The story is centred around letters written during the London blitz. I found the first few chapters pessimistic and wondered whether I would finish the book. Overall it seemed tedious, and without the paintings it would be tiresome. Using the two different timelines was an interesting device, but the modern day characters had little to commend them.
“The pictures are well worth a look
I’m not so sure about the book.”