The Overall Tone is Dark
“Cy Forrest’s ‘The Punished’ is inspired by the British Army’s occupation of Tyneham on the Dorset coast in 1943. Initially told that the occupation would be temporary, the residents would never return to their homes. The novel’s heroine is a radar operator who knows too much and pays the ultimate price, while a young man becomes the only villager to defy military orders by refusing to leave. Some of the novel’s most engaging scenes capture their zestful camaraderie but the overall tone is dark. ‘The Punished’ asks readers to face the uncomfortable likelihood that the wounds inflicted by past mistakes are always with us, and each generation must face the same challenges anew.” – Bookaholic
Great Psychological Allure and Emotional Depth
“Cy Forrest has crafted a story filled with intrigue and surprising turns and once the reader is introduced to the characters, there is no way they’d want to miss a moment with them. I was most attracted to Gin, a well-developed character, and readers will be interested to discover her subtle transformation from an effervescent young woman to one more mature and calculating, risking a lot for patriotism. The writing is awesome and the pacing measured. I enjoyed the dialogues, the well-developed setting, and the balanced and deft writing. The Punished is, without doubt, a work of great entertainment, a book with great psychological allure and emotional depth.” 5 Star Readers’ Favourite Review
This Story Allows One Person to see a Greater Whole: the Reader
“I came away with a new understanding of the world generally – which is one of the most wonderful things a book can do – namely how real lives get relegated to the past and what is remembered, whilst factual, barely scratches the surface of feeling what it was like to be one of these people in such extreme circumstances … We are fallible, partial and we see the world through our own filters. Added to that, forces are at work to deliberately obfuscate and bury the truth and ultimately, the full picture is forever out of our reach. However, this story allows one person to see a greater whole: the reader, which I think is an immensely powerful possibility.” – Cornerstones Literary Consultancy
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