A wonderfully involving family story that begins in Liverpool at the beginning of the Second World War and spans forty turbulent years. Liverpool, 1939. The Second World War is about to start when pretty Laura Oliver meets Queenie Todd.
Laura is twenty-one and happily married. At fourteen, Queenie lacks Laura's confidence and has been deserted by her good-time mother.
The two become friends, but when the air raids begin Queenie is trusted to look after two young children, and the three of them are evacuated to a small town on the coast of Wales.
At first, it is a haven of peace and quiet. The girls have a wonderful time - and then something happens, so terrifying that it will haunt them for the rest of their lives.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 608 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 01/04/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780752858913
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Review by LouiseLacy
** spoiler alert ** No book has ever made me have a sharp intake of breath then Queen of the Mersey whilst reading about Laura's suicide. Although expected it was still a shock that this once sophisticated, hard working, friendly lady could resort to such measures. But it was the death of Vera that upset me the most, again this Maureen Lee tale left me wanting more but I was quite satisfied with the overall outcome but oh I will miss Queenie I think she is by far my favourite character of all the Maureen Lee novels that I have read!