Questions of legacy, loyalty and the freedom to determine your own path combine with a propulsive plot in which dank, bombed-out London becomes its own malign character. Think Patrick Hamilton meets Peaky Blinders with a feminist twist.
A hugely exciting and entertaining novel, written with warmth, charm, authority and, above all, terrific flair. I loved it
Anna Freeman's familiarity with this rough and raunchy period of history and her wonderfully imagined cast of characters, often down but never out, makes this a brilliant debut novel
Based on the real-life, all-female gang, the Forty Elephants, FIVE DAYS OF FOG is told with verve and style
Fog descends on a London just out of wartime, a leadership feud stirs disquiet in a gang of female thieves, and the girl who might inherit the bloody crown falls in love with a good boy. But will she be allowed to walk away, or do all women who stand up for themselves have a price to pay? A cinematic, rogueish, and utterly entertaining page-turner by the queen of feisty historical women. Goes down in one jewel-fisted slug.
The London fog becomes as potent a presence as any of the characters in a lively story of divided loyalties
A gripping, greasy, gritty thriller. You'll be able to taste the fog in the back of your throat.
With a tough, likable protagonist, this is a fascinating and very readable slice of social history, as well as an evocative portrait of a clannish and dangerous world
A brilliant, bold and unforgettable debut. Freeman transports us to a history we'd never have imagined and makes it viscerally real
Freeman is excellent on the grim and violent realities of a life of crime and the queasy moral choices that its followers make. Her gripping novel is suffused with an atmosphere of menace as thick as the London smog of 1952 in which it is set.
Inspired by the real events of the Great Smog, and providing a fascinating insight into the culture of early girl gangs, this is a pacey tale is full of menace and gritty glamour.
Cracking . . . a lively, rambunctious read
Thoroughly at home with her material, the author enjoys herself with her sharply realised cast of characters in her pacy, sometimes brutal, but entertaining novel.
An exceptional work of historical fiction
Baby, it's cold outside and there is literally no better book to curl up with than Five Days Of Fog ... An atmospheric and gripping story ... Utterly transporting, read and lose yourself completely.