Set in May 1944, Follett’s novel brilliantly evokes the small French town of Sainte-Cecile which has been under the Nazi heel for four years. Felicity Clairet, known as “Flick”, is English, the much-admired wife of Michel, who leads the Reims-based Resistance circuit. By day, Flick is first-aider, by night she plays a dangerous role in the Resistance.
“Her most important assignment comes when she amasses fighters for an assault on a chateau which is a crucial Gestapo base – her team (all women bar one) are the ‘jackdaws’ of the title. This unusual idea is carried off with the kind of galvanic skill that was the hallmark of Follett’s early books, and Flick is a memorable, complex heroine.”
— Publishing News, 21 September 2001