In Chasing Ghosts we follow the story of Alain “Mitch” and Claire who are to others a happily married couple with their young daughter Aimee. Alain is struggling to come to terms with what happened to him during the war as he was a prisoner of war during the Nazi conflict when he was serving in the Royal Air Force. His time in the prison clearly continues to have an impact on his life and to an extent on his family and you at times feel the strain in the marriage with Claire trying to cope with Alain’s behaviour.
Alain seeks help for shell shock, and is asked to go to Canada for further treatment, however, whilst there he goes missing and Claire wants answers to the many questions that she has and it is down to her and her friends / colleagues she made during the war to try and seek out the answers and find out what really happened to her husband.
During this story, I really admired Claire I felt that she was an incredibly resilient lady who really knows her husband and what he was like as a character and as a person and no matter what just wants to seek out the truth not only for herself, but for her family. Claire uses her past experience when she was involved in the Resistance to investigate what has gone on and whether her husband is having an affair or is he on the run because of trechery.
I just adored this story, it shows the incredible strength people have after the war and how strong friendships grow despite the conflict going on around them. This is a story with lots of twist and turns and a story that leads you down a path that I did not expect. I do not want to say too much as it will just spoil the story, but it is a book that I would highly recommend. Madalyn has a magic touch when it comes to writing about the aftermath of war and the impact this has on everyone within the community. She has a talent for leading you down a path that you do not expect. You can feel her passion for story telling within the pages and I am very grateful that Chasing Ghosts was sent to me because I just adored this novel and was not disappointed.
About the Book
1949 After receiving treatment for shell shock in Canada, Claire’s husband disappears.
Has Mitch left her for the woman he talks about in his sleep? Or is he on the run from accusations of wartime treachery?
Claire goes to France in search of the truth, aided by old friends from the Resistence.
About the Author
Madalyn has been an actress for more than thirty years. She is a radio presenter and journalist, writing articles for newspapers and magazines.
Madalyn was brought up in Lutterworth at the Fox Inn. The pub was a great place for an aspiring actress and writing to live, as there were so many different characters to study and accents to learn. At twenty four, Madalyn gave up a successful hairdressing salon and wig hire business for a place at E15 Drama College, and a career as an actress.
After living in London for thirty six years, she has returned to her home town of Lutterworth, swapping two windo boxes and a mortgage for a garden and the freedom to write.
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