The Lines We Leave Behind by Eliza Graham


The Lines We Leave Behind
Title : The Lines We Leave Behind
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Number of Pages : 308

England, 1947 A young woman finds herself under close observation in an insane asylum, charged with a violent crime she has no memory of committing As she tries to make sense of her recent past, she recalls very little.But she still remembers wartime in Yugoslavia There she and her lover risked everything to carry out dangerous work resisting the Germans a heroic campaign in which many brave comrades were lost After that, the trail disappears into confusion How did she come to be trapped in a living nightmare As she struggles to piece together the missing years of her life, she will have to confront the harrowing experiences of her special operations work and peacetime marriage Only then can she hope to regain the vital memories that will uncover the truth is she really a violent criminal or was she betrayed


The Lines We Leave Behind Reviews


  • sue

    Now and again I ve been known to read an historical fiction book This one was historic plus a lean towards being a thriller.I was attracted to the cover of this book I know I know but what can I say Although at times the story appeared slow and the unravelling of it all sometimes too slow for me, I did enjoy this very much.The main character finds herself locked away with patients in an asylum But she hasn t one iota of a clue how she got there and why.It was interesting how the author pee Now and again I ve been known to read an historical fiction book This one was historic plus a lean towards being a thriller.I was attracted to the cover of this book I know I know but what can I say Although at times the story appeared slow and the unravelling of it all sometimes too slow for me, I did enjoy this very much.The main character finds herself locked away with patients in an asylum But she hasn t one iota of a clue how she got there and why.It was interesting how the author peeled away the characters fog that was stopping her recalling horrific details.Maybe it was my impatience that I felt it slow moving I just needed to know Right now I enjoyed how the missing pieces were found and how well they concluded this book.A very enjoyable read

  • Katie B

    There is no shortage of World War 2 historical fiction on the market, however there are a few things that make this book stand out among the others First, some of the story takes place in Yugoslavia which isn t a setting that is normally featured in this genre The other thing that makes this story a bit unusual is the main character is a patient in an insane asylum a few years after the war Looking for something different is what made made me choose this book for my free First Reads pi There is no shortage of World War 2 historical fiction on the market, however there are a few things that make this book stand out among the others First, some of the story takes place in Yugoslavia which isn t a setting that is normally featured in this genre The other thing that makes this story a bit unusual is the main character is a patient in an insane asylum a few years after the war Looking for something different is what made made me choose this book for my free First Reads pick of the month.The year is 1947 and Maud is a patient in an insane asylum in England but she is struggling to figure out how she ended up there With the help of her doctor she slowly regains her memory and remembers her time during the war as a secret agent working in Yugoslavia How is it all connected The main issue I had with this book is for about 3 4 of the story I just did not feel a connection with the main character which is weird because you would think the combination of someone in dangerous situations because of the war and being in an insane asylum would get me to feel something But the writing just left me with this empty feeling, as if something was missing Thankfully, things start to come together by the last part of the book I just wish it hadn t taken so long to get to that point There were a few instances in which I thought the author waited too long to explain something or glossed over completely To be honest, I think the premise of the book was unique but the execution wasn t the best If I m comparing it to other World War 2 historical fiction, it s not the most compelling However, if you are looking for something a ittle bit different especially one that gives you a bit of a history lesson on what was going on in Yugoslavia during that time period, this is a decent pick

  • Anita

    This story totally captivated me from start to finish The author managed to have me see it happen from the perspective of the young woman who is totally confused about what has happened to her and whether or not she is sane At the same time I had no problem following along with the story, because it was very clearly told The author switched from first person telling to third person in what I felt was very effective in moving the focus from the woman being in the institution to the time that s This story totally captivated me from start to finish The author managed to have me see it happen from the perspective of the young woman who is totally confused about what has happened to her and whether or not she is sane At the same time I had no problem following along with the story, because it was very clearly told The author switched from first person telling to third person in what I felt was very effective in moving the focus from the woman being in the institution to the time that she was recalling in the past The movement in time often happened quickly, but I always knew where the story was This is not an easy story in that it deals with the hard times in a war zone There is some insight into the very complex history of former Yugoslavia It is not a book for everyone, but I did feel that the material was covered sensitively while still giving a sense of the trauma endured by all involved in such a struggle The story itself was what kept me interested, not just the desire to know what actually happened I found the characters, their values, and their decisions to be very good reading

  • Andy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here its a very engaging story about a brutal time in europe s history The story of her deployment seems very realistic and plausible I suffered with the characters but thats expected in a good book I don t know why she would train so much for a 4 month deployment that doesn t make sense She wasn t removed because the war was over If she was doing such good work she would have stayed.But what I don t like is that the last part of the book just isn t true to the character Robert maybe, but its a very engaging story about a brutal time in europe s history The story of her deployment seems very realistic and plausible I suffered with the characters but thats expected in a good book I don t know why she would train so much for a 4 month deployment that doesn t make sense She wasn t removed because the war was over If she was doing such good work she would have stayed.But what I don t like is that the last part of the book just isn t true to the character Robert maybe, but not Maud Maud is a fighter She does the right thing Even though she may have PTSD, she keeps herself together Even with the emotional trauma at the hands of Robert, she would not languish 50 years in a mental institution Thats just lame I read for enlightment and enjoyment This book did have very interesting historical fiction content and I would have given it 4 or 5 stars with a better ending

  • Gisela

    Full review and rant on my blog.The Lines We Leave Behind in lamest terms messed me up I m a mess It was an extraordinary story about an extraordinary woman who finds herself in incredibly difficult circumstances And although her story is fiction, it is rooted in fact there are those, real people who probably had similar experiences and are in fact real This book is historical fiction, but also mystery, thriller, suspense Our main player, Mau Full review and rant on my blog.The Lines We Leave Behind in lamest terms messed me up I m a mess It was an extraordinary story about an extraordinary woman who finds herself in incredibly difficult circumstances And although her story is fiction, it is rooted in fact there are those, real people who probably had similar experiences and are in fact real This book is historical fiction, but also mystery, thriller, suspense Our main player, Maud or Amber since she goes back and forth finds herself in an unbearable situation in an insane asylum after the war and deals with what I can imagine many after the war experienced as PSTD But because she was also a woman, it was handled horrendously different from her male counterparts

  • Rebecca

    Kindle First Reads October 2018

  • Goth Gone Grey

    A well crafted psychological puzzleThis book is a large jigsaw puzzle, jumbled together in a bag, with no clues as to the total image fully revealed once all pieces are out together It s sad, shocking, and lovely all at once, a lush descriptive read that I couldn t put down Shell shock, battle fatigue, PTSD a disorder by any other name, so to speak, would be as brutal The lead character, Maud Amber has been through so much that the book opens in a mental hospital She switches from first pe A well crafted psychological puzzleThis book is a large jigsaw puzzle, jumbled together in a bag, with no clues as to the total image fully revealed once all pieces are out together It s sad, shocking, and lovely all at once, a lush descriptive read that I couldn t put down Shell shock, battle fatigue, PTSD a disorder by any other name, so to speak, would be as brutal The lead character, Maud Amber has been through so much that the book opens in a mental hospital She switches from first person present to third person past to tell her tale, a strongly effective dissociative tool She shares her story as she remembers it, with pieces gradually filling in to reveal her truth, and others weighing in to verify her accuracy There s romance, longing, war, violence, suspense, family affection, and so much barely contained in the pages It s a slow, descriptive build of a book, but I found the style entrancing despite the often dark subject matter An example of the writing If you were a man there d be bars you could go to, people drinking there who d know the kind of thing you d done But you re a woman Stuck in the country, he went on Working with girls who spent the whole war in Shropshire, worrying about getting hold of nylons and wetting themselves about a dance in the village hall How could they understand what it was like over there

  • Cady Majeczky

    For the most part, I really enjoyed this book The flipping timelines between present day Maud and past wartime Amber kept me intrigued, although Maud s memory recollection was surprisingly fast once the plot gained momentum The ending, however, is what ultimately deterred me from giving a 5 star rating I was admittedly frustrated and saddened by the outcome, by the life Maud was forced to live without any additional scrutiny of her case, presumably just simply passed down the line of psychiat For the most part, I really enjoyed this book The flipping timelines between present day Maud and past wartime Amber kept me intrigued, although Maud s memory recollection was surprisingly fast once the plot gained momentum The ending, however, is what ultimately deterred me from giving a 5 star rating I was admittedly frustrated and saddened by the outcome, by the life Maud was forced to live without any additional scrutiny of her case, presumably just simply passed down the line of psychiatrists and solicitors to passively assist along the way I suppose some of this speaks to society s treatment of mental illness, as well as women in general Such a resilient young woman turned complacent, the fight lost within her I would ve expected for this character after all the past details that emerged to paint her as a remarkably brave and daring individual Instead, the plot just settled then disappointingly jumped than half of Maud s life to conclude Although it could be argued that the book generally gave way to a happy ending, the last chapters seemed a bit casually thrown together Despite my feelings toward how the book concluded, I d still recommend it to other interested readers

  • Becky

    THE LINES WE LEAVE BEHIND by Eliza GrahamMaud Amber is a young woman in a secure mental facility charged with a crime As she speaks with her psychiatrist we learn what led her to the hospital as she remembers the past She was a special agent for the Allies in the Balkans during WWII or was she Told in flashbacks, this very interesting tale winds itself out in drips and drabs The infighting between the Partisans, the Chetniks, the Home Guard and the Germans for control of multi ethnic Y THE LINES WE LEAVE BEHIND by Eliza GrahamMaud Amber is a young woman in a secure mental facility charged with a crime As she speaks with her psychiatrist we learn what led her to the hospital as she remembers the past She was a special agent for the Allies in the Balkans during WWII or was she Told in flashbacks, this very interesting tale winds itself out in drips and drabs The infighting between the Partisans, the Chetniks, the Home Guard and the Germans for control of multi ethnic Yugoslavia is clear as Maud Amber carries out her assignments Modern day ethnic strife is foreshadowed as the various parties and their doctrines become clear.The land and peoples of the Balkans are well developed and made clear The personalities of the various players clash believably Well researched and well written, this tale is enjoyable and engrossing as the reader tries to determine what is true and what is result of trauma Family ties, partisanship, politics, spying, secrets, women in war, and mental health treatments are all topics for discussion by book groups.4 of 5 stars

  • Herman  Morgan III

    A unique and seductive tale of Love and Betrayal.As someone who wishes to have been born in the 1920 s, so I would have been of age to serve in World War Two, I was drawn to this novel, and chose it based on the blurb describing a Brit dropped behind enemy lines to serve with the Partisans in Yugoslavia.This book is so much than just another glimpse into the intrigue and action of such a mission The evolution of the main character, her interaction with her instructor, handler, and eventua A unique and seductive tale of Love and Betrayal.As someone who wishes to have been born in the 1920 s, so I would have been of age to serve in World War Two, I was drawn to this novel, and chose it based on the blurb describing a Brit dropped behind enemy lines to serve with the Partisans in Yugoslavia.This book is so much than just another glimpse into the intrigue and action of such a mission The evolution of the main character, her interaction with her instructor, handler, and eventual husband, is a Love story, a tale of two distinct women sharing a body and soul It s also a deep psychological drama, of betrayal, loss, struggle, and eventual redemption, of a sort.I don t hand out five star ratings very often, so, you can take this one as the strongest sort of recommendation.Now, I m off to see if I like Me Grahams other works as well as I did this one