Published: 30th May 2019 (paperback edition) by Sceptre Books
Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, soldier John Lacroix returns home to England a broken man following the infamous retreat by the British Army to Corunna. A Captain within the British Army, John is nursed at his Somerset home by his devoted housemaid Nell and whilst she may be able to fix him physically, mentally John is struggling. He is haunted by his time in Spain and feels immense guilt over the heinous war crimes committed by the men in his charge in the small village of Morales.
To try and escape his torment he boards a ship in Bristol bound for Glasgow, from there he plans to travel further to the islands of the Hebrides. Unbeknownst to Lacroix the British Army have sent men to track him down, Corporal Calley who is a vicious psychopath and Medina, a Spanish officer are quickly on his tail and the thrill of the chase is on. As his pursuers get closer and the net begins to get tighter the tensions build and the suspense becomes palpable.
This is one of those books that I cannot really explain why I enjoyed it so much. The prose is beautifully written, it is descriptive and definitely leaves you wanting to turn that extra page. But, there are flaws within the plot and at times you want it to pick up the pace a little. Despite this though the book combines many wonderful things that all come together to produce an excellent story that I would definitely recommend.