Whilst I have read the entire book it has not been a story that has gripped me and made me want to complete it in one sitting.
I have picked it up for Tube journeys on my phone and read as much as the journey has permitted and then left it until the next journey.
And yet I did find parts of it very interesting. For instance, when Anna learns to dive. Finding out about what diving suits were like during the 1940s and how they worked was fascinating in a technical way. And of course the misogyny of the ship yards came through very strongly.
But this section exemplified what for me was the major problem with the book. The writing style. It lacked humour and tended to be dry rather than fluid.
The book jumped back and forward in time with no introduction, and each time I was lost for a while trying to figure out the year, and what had happened. Especially the section about Merchant ships.
There were a confusing number of names and I lost track of who was who each time it jumped.
For me, this was a novel with a story that should have been, but just wasn’t. Disappointing. Really a 2.5.