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Holy Forced Exposition!
Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2019
As other reviewers have noted, this book is part medical thriller, part historic fiction and it does make for an engaging, page-turning read. It tells the story of Simon Jennings, a character based on a real WWI British soldier who was treated for shell shock and subsequently accused of cowardice while alternating with the story of Gus Conrad, a contemporary psychiatrist treating service members with PTSD.
There's a fascinating plot, but it's written in such a cringe-inducing way as to make Dan Brown look like a genius. As stated in headline, yards and yards of forced exposition...and not even for information the reader needs; for superfluous details that add little to the story. This becomes a distraction, but still worth the reader's time. Would make an excellent beach book.