Out of the Blackout

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Out of the Blackout

Out of the Blackout With the Nazis bombing London on a nightly basis many working class families sent their children to the comparative safety of the countryside When the Blitz ended the families came for their kidsbut

  • Title: Out of the Blackout
  • Author: Robert Barnard
  • ISBN: 9781933397320
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Paperback
  • With the Nazis bombing London on a nightly basis, many working class families sent their children to the comparative safety of the countryside When the Blitz ended, the families came for their kidsbut no one ever came for Simon Thorn His name appears on no list of the evacuated children And none of his meager belongings offer any clues as to his origins Now an adultWith the Nazis bombing London on a nightly basis, many working class families sent their children to the comparative safety of the countryside When the Blitz ended, the families came for their kidsbut no one ever came for Simon Thorn His name appears on no list of the evacuated children And none of his meager belongings offer any clues as to his origins Now an adult, newly moved to London, Simon is puzzled by an odd sense of familiarity when he walks down certain streets He remembers his years of screaming nightmares that would terrify his his bewildered foster parents And he resolves, once and for all, to find out where he originally came fromeven as everything he uncovers suggests that, really, he doesn t want to know Barnard untangles his riddle with great skill, and is likely to outwit all but a handful of readers New York Times Ideal for fans of Ruth Rendell and John Lawton Multi award winning author

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    1. Connie on said:

      A group of children was sent to the Gloucestershire countryside to escape the nightly bombings during the London Blitz in 1941. One little boy, Simon, arrived without any identification, and his name was not on the list of evacuated children. Fortunately, a childless couple took Simon in and raised him in a loving home. But Simon always wondered about his birth parents.Years later Simon is walking through London and recognizes his early childhood neighborhood. His search for his origins brings h [...]

    2. Symon Hill on said:

      Very good. At first glance, it appears to be a fairly fluffy crime novel, but it is a lot deeper and darker than that. It's fluffy enough to be relaxing, but deep enough to be gripping. The characterisation and description are particularly good, and the gradual development of the political aspects of the plot is particularly welcome. I found only one aspect of the plot to be very unbelievable; most it was almost frighteningly credible. A good, short, engaging read

    3. Jessica Howard on said:

      An unusual mystery, not a "whodunit" but rather a quest for familial answers. Young Simon Thorn was one of the children sent out of London to live with foster families in the country during the bombardments of WWII. It soon becomes clear that Simon Thorn is not his real name, but no one knows where he came from or why he's alone. As an adult Simon embarks on a quest to find his roots, only to meet some rather unsavory characters.

    4. Anna Katharine on said:

      I can't remember if it was S.S. Van Dine or Agatha Christie who said that murder was the only mystery worth writing about, because it was the only thing serious enough to hold the reader's attention- but for the most part, I agree. Dorothy L. Sayers pulled off an engrossing non-murder mystery with Gaudy Night, but she's indubitably a master. Out of the Blackout isn't quite in the same league, but it is a great story of confusion and sleuthing with a surprising twist at the end. There *is* a murd [...]

    5. Jim Mullin on said:

      Excellent writing so much better than many of the so called current "Bestsellers". I recommend this book to those that enjoy suspense combined with a background of England in early WW 2

    6. Ellen Seltz on said:

      Growing up in my house was a constant refrain of "Tomayto, Tomahto." Dad liked red wine and oysters. Mom was a teetotaler and hated any seafood but canned tuna (which hardly counts, face it.) My brother built model airplanes and read the entire Dune series (all two dozen). I made up interpretive dances to the My Fair Lady soundtrack, on roller skates. But one thing we all agreed on was a good mystery. On the wall-to-wall bookshelves in the family room, below Mom's Barbara Taylor Bradford and Dad [...]

    7. Debbie on said:

      I got this title off of a list of mysteries with WWII connections. In this case only the first chapter was actually set during the war, the rest were young Simon Cutheridge's investigations of who he really was and how as a five year old he landed on a train of child evacuees in the English countryside. I thought I had it all figured out who his real parents were, but I was surprised by the ending and found it very satisfying.

    8. cheryl on said:

      had an eye on this for some time (bas bleu catalogough bought it used). it didnt stick with me in any strong fashiond has sat on my "to review" list for two years. it wasnt bad by any means but the characters didnt pull at me the way id hoped

    9. Nancy on said:

      This was a quick read and very entertaining. A young boy evacuated from London during WWII who tries to find his past. A gentle unfolding, with a nice little twist. Kept me turning pages. I was clearing off my shelves and found this. I'm glad I did.

    10. Lukasz Pruski on said:

      Robert Barnard's "Out of the Blackout" (1984) is the twelfth book by Mr. Barnard that I have read. It is quite an engrossing mystery, but not the best by this author. 1941 in London is the year of the Blitz, strategic bombings of British cities by German Luftwaffe. Many children are evacuated to the country. One such transport that arrives in a village in Gloucestershire has a five-year boy who is not on the list of evacuees. No one can figure out who he is and how he got on the train. The boy s [...]

    11. Ant Koplowitz on said:

      An enjoyable excursion by Robert Barnard (a crime writer who is far less well known that he should be) into mistaken identity, lost childhood, and the past haunting the present. The narrative switches between the 1940s and through to the 60s and 70s as Simon tries to find out who he really is after being abandoned at a railway station with other evacuee children by his real family. Out of the Blackout is a straightforward but not insubstantial read; I enjoyed the characterisation and Simon's mot [...]

    12. Carol on said:

      Interesting book -- and a quick read. The plot is creative: Simon was a child sent from London to the British countryside during WWII to escape the dangers of the Blitz. After the war, Simon remained in the country village to which he was evacuated, and was essentially adopted by his host family. But Simon is vaguely aware that there is something odd about his departure from London; he half-remembers things which make him wonder who his parents were and under what circumstances he was placed on [...]

    13. Christine Sinclair on said:

      This is an excellent story! A man's search for his true identity set against the backdrop of Britain during World War II. Atmospheric and well-written, with a surprise ending that really packs a punch. A VERY good read!

    14. Jan on said:

      Arrived today from , found out it is a gift from one of my girl pals.From reading the cover, I thought I was going to be reading a story of London children moved during the blitz to the country and a murder mystery. With a twist, just the first chapters dealt a little on the evacuation, the rest was of the child with no name trying to find out, who he was after the war is over. The child, with no name, tracks down his unsavory birth family, believing himself to be someone who he was not, in the [...]

    15. Kristen on said:

      During the bombing of London, several families sent their children to temporary homes in the country for safety. Simon Thorn is one young boy who does not belong to the group of twenty sent to Yeasdon Station. He is assigned to live with the Cutheridge family and is later adopted by them. He has no recall of his life in London. Years later, working as a zoologist at the London Zoo, he plunges into his past to learn who he is, where he came from, and all about his birth family. An interesting rea [...]

    16. Peggy on said:

      This is my third Barnard book and I like this one best! The horror of the war and just the thought of sending your child off to live with strangers to protect them is unthinkable, but how Simon gets there is unbelievable. Simon grows up healthy and happy and while in London for a new job happens past something that looks very familiar to him and sets him on a search for his roots and his 'real' family. This book is full of despicable people and I liked the little twist at the end. Read it, you'l [...]

    17. Lou on said:

      Interesting story about a child sent to the British countryside during London blitz WW II. The child comes with no background, is raised by 'adoptive parents". The search for his real parents is the main theme of the story. Bit of a twist at the end. The book is short and well written - perfect for a quiet evening.

    18. M on said:

      A fast read, interesting premise. A young boy is evacuated to the countryside during the Blitz. No one knows his real name, or where he comes from. Only as an adult does he search for his origins, and his family's part in the British Fascist movement in the 1930s-1940s and the anti-immigration racism of the 1960s.

    19. Peg Lotvin on said:

      What a little gem. A tightly woven story of a little boy found on a busload of children being sent to the country for safety during WWII. No one knows who he is or exactly where he came from. After 15 years he finds himself in a position to search out his birth parents. The twist is in that discovery.

    20. Anthea Gupta on said:

      I read a lot of crime fiction, and I think one of the best writers of crime fiction is Robert Barnard. There isn't ever a formula. This one is a very very different crime novel which you can read again and again. It begins with a boy evacuated from London to the countryside who finds himself a new family. So where is the crime? Now that would be telling.

    21. Meryl Natchez on said:

      A well-written mystery with an unusual format. An extra boy appears in a trainload of evacuees from London in 1941, and there the plot takes off. dactyls-and-drakes/lit

    22. Gail on said:

      As usual Robert Barnard has written a novel with characterization and an unusual story. I was pretty sure about the ending, but I enjoyed how the main character Simon went about looking for his parents.

    23. Amy on said:

      Genuinely clever premise and nicely written. The protagonist's confusion and desire to figure out his past rang true, as did his diffidence. An interesting mystery, driven by the times, not malice or murder.

    24. Stacie Morrell on said:

      Good mystery and character study. I had to keep reading to find out how it ended. I pretty much had it figured out 2/3 of the way through, but a couple little surprises were nice. Would have been nice to have more satisfaction regarding his confrontation at the end and with his father.

    25. Paula on said:

      A good story about a young boy evacuated from London to the countryside during the blitz. However, no one ever shows up to claim him afterwards, and he returns to London as a grown man to find out why.

    26. Mom on said:

      This is an interesting plot based on a child/man's search for his true identity in Great Britain after being sent to the countryside for protection during the air raids and bombings in London in WWII.

    27. Jonjie Javiniar on said:

      This Book is a story of a boy that tries to search for his family because they were separated by the World War.

    28. Jean on said:

      Great mystery without bodies (sort of). I like the era that the book is set in. The protagonist was well-developed.

    29. Deb on said:

      I've read many of Barnard's books over the years, and he's always to be counted on for a good read.

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