Monday, 23 July 2018

Book blog tour: At The Dark Hour by John Wilson

Heyoo, welcome back! Or just plain welcome if you've somehow found this page and aren't too sure how that has occurred exactly.
Either way, you've made it to today's book blog tour review of At the Dark Hour by John Wilson.

A moving story about the nature of love and redemption set amidst the worst of the London Blitz and the destruction of London’s hallowed seat of law, the Temple

Adam Falling is a failing, sick barrister married to Catherine but conducting an affair with the glamorous Julia, who happens to be the wife of his Head of Chambers, Jeremy Pemberton.

Julia, fearful of losing her children, suddenly ends the affair. But it is too late. Pemberton discovers it and Adam is kicked out of his home and his chambers. Unable to work without a chambers and facing ruin, salvation comes in the unlikely form of the brilliant barrister, Roland (“Roly”) Blytheway. Blythway, held back in his career because of his sexuality, befriends him and invites him to join his chambers at Lamb Building.

It is there he finds himself defending a Czech refugee, Tomas Novak, who has been accused of treason and who is facing the gallows and becomes mired in another contested divorce case for one Arnold Bateman, where he, on the recommendation of Pemberton, represents the co-respondent whilst Pemberton represents the petitioner - a piece of cruel psychological torture on the part of Pemberton.

Whilst the Blitz rages on around, can Adam save Novak from the gallows? Can he get Bateman off? Will he ever discover why Julia suddenly broke off their affair? Can he succeed in resisting Jeremy’s claims against him personally? He has been told that only one man can possibly save him and that man is Roland Blytheway.

At the Dark Hour is the story of ordinary people caught in the horror of war whilst the city is destroyed around them. It features many of the most notable real life events of the Blitz such as the bombing of the Café de Paris.

Some books fall into your lap and they are simple to read. There's a start, a middle an end. With At The Dark Hour, there is those crucial components but also so much more. It has detail left, right and centre. From the plot twists to the characters actions, thoughts, pasts. This novel was a joy to read for someone like me that has such a deep love of detail. I won't lie, I've read it twice.

It seems that the majority of book blog tours I take part in are mostly crime thrillerish style pieces(which I love) so it was a welcome change to step into Wilson's blitz struck world.
Overall a solid 9/10 read for me.

Author Information
Originally from Wigan, John Wilson is a QC at 1, Hare Court, London who was called to the Bar in 1981. He has written or contributed to a number of academic text books, written very many articles and is a published poet.

Wilson drew on his many years of experience of family law (and in the early days criminal law) and upon the misogyny and homophobia which were characteristic of the law at the time the novel is set.

When not working in London, Wilson spends as much of his time as possible in the South of France, where the novel was written, and travels extensively.

Check out the fellow blog tour participants!
Abi x

ps: I was kindly sent a copy to read for free but all opinions expressed are my own.

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