Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Published: 2012
By: Bolinda Publishing
Series: N/A
Source: EPL
Format: Audiobook
ISBN: 9781743105665
Oct. 11, 1943 A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a shot at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun. When ?Verity? is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution. They?ll get the truth out of her. But it won’t be what they expect. As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure, and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from a merciless and ruthless enemy? Harrowing and beautifully written, Code Name Verity is the story of an unforgettable friendship forged in the face of the ultimate evil.


A bitter-sweet tale of 2 girls women whom by circumstances of the Second World War were brought together and became the best of friends. A romance very few would understand but the story of past and present are told by the two protagonist; one being held captive by Gestapo in an abandoned Chateau hotel and is being persisted to write what she knew, though she writes nothing but a story of how she and her friend met and the life they had together before her current predicament, and the other who was thought to not survive is hidden away under a pseudonym and she tells us the current affairs. Code Name Verity is nothing more than an emotional roller-coaster, you really have a choice to decide whose story gives you the biggest ride.

Although I was reluctant to read something that was mainstream (for now) I really wanted to be part of the conversation! So I found the audiobook version of Code Name Verity and I have no regrets. I was kind of hoping to be a negative review in the sea of positive but unfortunately I was swayed towards having nothing but good things to say about this book.

Code Name Verity was a great read, actually being this was an audiobook it was still brilliant! The narrators, Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell were fab! They brought the story to life with their accents of English, Scottish, German. Parisian-French, and every other tone and thrown in accent required. No monotony in their voices – it was magic. All in all I’d highly recommend this book, whether you read or listen to it, I know you won’t be disappointed.

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Library Tech grad who is currently working on a BA in Political Science and filling all her time with books.
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4 Responses to Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

  1. Kelley says:

    Yay, glad you enjoyed this one! I was convinced to read it because just about everyone else has read it, and said it was amazing. I also very much fell in love with this book. ❤

    • I’m not gonna lie, I definitely had trouble holding back some of the tears, and I was at work so I had to try super hard in some of the scenes. I was really happy with this book and it was only because I was seeing it pop up all over the blogosphere that told me I needed to read it 🙂

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