This is a very worthwhile book to read if you are interested in history and learning more about the real cost of war.
The night watch focuses on England during the time of the blitz (the merciless bombing of London during World War I). It is a time when tragedy strikes quickly and no one is immune or safe.
Since most of the young men are serving in the military, those that are too old for services serve in another capacity as air wardens. Many of the women now work and this story features some gals that make up the rescue crews. It was their job to go into the dangerous, bombed out areas to hunt for survivors and more often bodies. They are courage, dedication and columnists make their story so compelling.
This book by Sarah Waters also features a sometimes tangled web of the present and former relationships between these women. It reveals a large amount of same-sex relationships and experiences in this novel, but waters does so with delicacy and tact. This should not stop you from reading this book as Waters is a class act and a wonderful storyteller..
I highly recommend this book as it is hard for us in the US to get a feel for what war-torn countries go through. 911 was the closest we ever came to experience such overwhelming tragedy and evil.
Waters has more books available and I for one am looking forward to reading them.