When I started reading this book, I was tempted to put it down again due to its slow beginning and confusing array of characters I had a hard time identifying with.
Surprisingly however, the women in the book grew on me, as soon as I had labored my way through the first couple of chapters. The story of these girls' wartime lives is gripping and utterly believable, it made me finish this book in a few sittings.
Unfortunately, the ending is quite abrupt and I would have liked to learn more about what happened "in between". For this reason and its rough beginnings: four stars.