The Lines We Leave Behind is a beautifully written novel that leaves you desperate to understand how Maud—sweet-natured, earnest, and quiet—has found herself confined to an asylum, forced to relive the war years in an attempt to remember her crime. Has she done something truly awful, or is this a terrible injustice? Not even she knows. A life can go in unexpected directions: for Maud, a chance meeting with a man in London before the war leads to a life of subterfuge and espionage in war-torn Yugoslavia, during the most tense days of the conflict.
It is only years after the war, with the return to normality, that Maud is able to find answers. I found the utter hopelessness that Maud feels, the stifling expectations placed upon her after a time of exhilarating adventure, heartbreaking to read. As step by step the truth comes to light, both Maud and the reader are left breathless as they realize that something far bigger has been happening all along. And as the reality consumes Maud, so it will consume you—this is definitely a book that will stay with you long after you’ve discovered its secrets.
- Victoria Pepe, Editor