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A young girl witnesses her cousin's rape and identifies the wrong character, Robbie Turner, instead of her brother's weekend guest,Paul Marshall.
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   Robbie, who just graduated from University and intended to go to medical school, is instead sentenced to jail. His term is commuted after three years by joining the British Army as a non-commissioned officer.
He is caught in France in the march to Dunkirk to be evacuated. Only his love for Cecilia, the young girl's sister, keeps him going.
In a series of flashbacks, the author portrays the young girl's coming of age and depicts the horror of the retreat of the British army while revealing the real culprit of the crime.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army Escape/rescue behind enemy lines?    -   Yes Crime Thriller    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female areas Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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