Two Storm Wood (Hardback)
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Two Storm Wood (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 13/01/2022
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Combining a wire-taut military thriller with a searching examination of the horrors of the First World War that continued even after the Armistice, Two Storm Wood finds a resourceful officer and a determined widow on the hunt for a psychopath.

The guns are silent. The dead are not.

1919. On the desolate battlefields of northern France, the guns of the Great War are silent. Special battalions now face the dangerous task of gathering up the dead for mass burial.

Captain Mackenzie, a survivor of the war, cannot yet bring himself to go home. First he must see that his fallen comrades are recovered and laid to rest. His task is upended when a gruesome discovery is made beneath the ruins of a German strongpoint.

Amy Vanneck's fiance is one soldier lost amongst many, but she cannot accept that his body may never be found. She heads to France, determined to discover what became of the man she loved. It soon becomes clear that what Mackenzie has uncovered is a war crime of inhuman savagery. As the dark truth leaches out, both he and Amy are drawn into the hunt for a psychopath, one for whom the atrocity at Two Storm Wood is not an end, but a beginning.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787302617
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 573 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Two Storm Wood is an impressive achievement. It sheds a powerful light on a neglected aspect of World War One history. I can't recommend it enough.' - Alan Parks, author of Bloody January

'I couldn't put this down. A thriller and romance set amidst the post-Armistice battlefields and the damaged people trying to do right by the dead. Extraordinary setting, great characters, bursting with ideas.' - Dominick Donald, author of Breathe

'Two Storm Wood has the literary class, intellectual depth, and thriller pacing of Robert Harris at his best - with an added spine-tingling aura of menace worthy of Stephen King. It's the most chilling portrayal of a historical period since Philip Kerr's novels of Nazi Berlin, yet at its core Gray's masterpiece is a heart-rending story of sacrifice, love and loyalty overcoming the psychological tortures of the World War I battlefields.' - Matt Rees, author of Mozart's Last Aria

'One of the most evocative thrillers I've ever read. The writing is superb - shades of Hollinghurst and Pat Barker combine in a taut, finely plotted mystery. The battlefield is almost a character in itself, and the presence of its dead disturbed me throughout. Be warned - this dark, intelligent story is very hard to put down. Haunting, cinematic, and utterly gripping.' - D.B. John, author of Star of the North

'Atmospheric and meticulously researched, Two Storm Wood sheds light on the horrors and the trauma that continued even after the Armistice. It is that most wonderful of creations - a novel that informs while keeping you on the edge of your seat.' - Abir Mukherjee, author of The Shadows of Men

'The world has been waiting for a worthy successor to Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong - now Philip Gray has delivered it.' - David Young, author of Stasi Child

'Gray succeeds in entwining two powerful tales - a love story and a hate story - in a way that, right from the shocking start, is both convincing and enthralling.' - Virginia Baily, author of Early One Morning

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“Meticulous researched”

Psychological thriller with a touch of horror. Credible historical setting with unreliable narrators. Switches between two timelines to keep you guessing and all written expertly. Brilliant and griping tale and... More

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“Atmospheric and utterly gripping..”

In this utterly gripping, superbly researched First World War novel, it’s subject matter is very rarely explored and mentioned. The story is told through two narrators; Amy Vanneck trying to find presumed dead fiancé... More

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“Looking for a lover on the western front”

The author has presented us with a war story and one that resonates with the most antiwar message possible. Its format is entirely different from most other novels due to the action taking place just after the end of... More

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