This post contains affiliate links. I love reading non-fiction World War II, but recently I’ve also been reading World War II fiction. One of those was The Physicists’ Daughter by Mary Anna Evans.
About The Physicists’ Daughter by Mary Anna Evans
Justine is a young woman in her twenties, on her own. Her physicist parents were killed together in a car accident at the start of World War II. Now, Justine lives in a boarding house for women while working in a local factory producing war materials for the military.
Justine has a rare talent for a woman–she can weld–so when parts break, her boss asks her to fix them. However, Justine notices that the breaks seem too perfect. In addition, some factory workers are falling victim to accidents. Justine begins to suspect that there is a saboteur at work in the factory. Who is it? Who can she trust to go to with her suspicions?
As Justine gets closer to the truth, she finds not only her own life threatened, but those she’s come to befriend. Can she find the truth before it’s too late?
My Thoughts on the Book
I enjoyed this book. Justine is a strong, capable woman whose parents were not afraid to educate her and raise her to be an astute, logical thinker. Throughout the book, the reader follows Justine as she makes deductions and gets closer and closer to the truth.
However, I wasn’t actually surprised at who the saboteur was. I do wish that the author had thrown a few more possibilities in the story because I like a good surprise at the end of a book. Still, this was a good book, and I loved the strong heroine.
In addition, if you’d like to chose this book for a book club selection, there is a book club kit that you can download which includes music selections from the 1940s, two WWII ration-era recipes, a historical note, and questions for the book club.
I give The Physicists’ Daughter by Mary Anna Evans 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.
Disclosure: I received this book for free in return for my honest opinion.