Thursday, August 24, 2023



Paris 1945, as the war rages on across Europe many lives of so many people and families are ripped apart, and will never be the same again. Phyllis was recruited at nineteen years old to be part of the resistance.  Phyllis is sent out on a mission and she never returns, disappearing without a trace.  Present day, Peg and Sylvia are best friends.  They have known each other their whole life, and now Peg is also Sylvia’s caregiver.  Sylvia passes away and Peg is tasked with sorting through all of Sylvia’s papers and belongings.  During the war,  Sylvia worked in an underground spy organization.  She recruited and trained young girls to be spies in Europe.  But Sylvia felt so guilty that the girls she recruited she could not protect.  Sylvia never revealed any details of her assigned mission, in order to do everything possible to protect Phyllis.  Peg finds letters written to Sylvia from Phyllis’ family and is left with the decision, wondering if enough time has passed that she could finally answer them.  

The Girl Who Never Came Back written by author Suzanne Goldring, is a wonderful time slip story.  I loved how the author describes the relationship between Peg and Sylvia and what it meant for them to know each other literally their entire lives.  The plot twists and turns between the war and the present day was so gripping, intriguing and made this a fast-paced novel that I didn’t want to put down.  I always enjoy books by this author and I look forward to reading more of her stories.  I highly recommend this book for every historical fiction fan.

Rating: 5 out of 5.




Author:  Suzanne Goldring 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date:  August 23, 2023
Pages: 390 
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Someone is trying to hide what really happened to her. I must do anything to discover the truth. Even risk my own life….

Paris 1945. I sent nineteen-year-old Phyllis, my youngest recruit, into a city crawling with enemy soldiers. But she was smart as a tack, and her gold-flecked hazel eyes could capture anyone’s hearts. I was certain she would succeed. But then she disappeared without a trace. And no one will help me discover what happened to her.

I am desperate to find her – the girl I told to lie to her family about where she was going. She was excited to be doing her bit, but she was young and na├»ve. It was my job to make her understand the peril she would face. 
Is it my fault she is missing?

Now I creep into a beautiful house on a tree-lined street, the headquarters of cold-hearted German soldiers. It was the last place she was seen. I trail my fingers along the gilded furniture and see the light dance off the glittering chandeliers. On the top floor, I find the dates inscribed by beaten prisoners, and my heart sinks as I realise she was shown no mercy here.

As I search for the answers her family are begging for, I learn that the girl I swore to protect was moved around in secret. And when I find a message scratched on a food tin in a damp cell, I know I am getting closer to Phyllis at last…

But there are some who want the secrets of the war to be left in the past. Someone is sending me threatening letters, trying to scare me to stop... 
In finding answers about the girl who haunts my dreams, am I not only risking her life but my own too?


Following an eventful career as a public relations consultant, specialising in business and travel, Suzanne Goldring turned to writing the kind of novels she likes to read, about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Whether she is working in her thatched cottage in Hampshire or her seaside home in North Cornwall, Suzanne finds inspiration in the secrets hidden by everyday life.

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