[description from B&N]
When her grandfather dies, Tamar inherits a box containing a series of clues and coded messages. Out of the past, another Tamar emerges, a man involved in the terrifying world of resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Holland half a century before. His story is one of passionate love, jealousy, and tragedy set against the daily fear and casual horror of the Second World War -- and unraveling it is about to transform Tamar’s life forever.
I love WWII books. Give me a good one and I'm happy. Give me good one about people in the resistance, such as this book, and I'm very happy.
I can definitely see why this novel won the Carnegie Medal (other winners include C.S. Lewis, Philip Pullman, and Terry Pratchett). The characters were believable, the plot was exciting, and alternating sections of the past and present gave the book suspense and a little mystery.
On the hardcover version of the novel, the cover says "a novel of espionage, passion, and betrayal." It definitely does not lie. The espionage part was the most present in the novel and it made things really exciting. There were all sorts of codes and code names and lies and lying to Nazis and a bunch of other awesome things. It all added up to make a suspenseful plot.
There was definitely passion in the book too. It definitely has passion. There's this love triangle that's not really a love triangle, because the one guy in the triangle really has no chance.
And betrayal. Oh yes, there is betrayal. A betrayal that revealed something that makes me want to punch one of the characters repeatedly.
The only thing I didn't really like was how the parts in the present weren't that long. They were just thrown in at the good parts of the past and went kind of fast. They were still good though, they just were thrown in and went too fast.
I think this was a wonderful novel that I recommend especially to lovers of WWII novels.