Gripping and Powerful: Read an Extract from The Resistance Girl by Mandy Robotham

Gripping and Powerful: Read an Extract from The Resistance Girl by Mandy Robotham

It’s not the vista he’d imagined, though the unending blanket of white is perhaps what he expected this far north of the equator. The fir branches are reaching skywards, rather than sloping into the smooth white carpet, and for several minutes the view only aids his confusion, long after he’s recovered from the painful jolt of descent, his brain shaken like an underset jelly in the process. He must have been out cold for some time; the light is coming up and threatens to leave him more exposed, save for the clump of trees where he landed, if you can call it that. Baffled though he is, Jensen Parkes recognises he has technically yet to land on firm ground. Hanging unceremoniously from a Norwegian pine like a bauble on a Christmas tree does not count as being on terra firma. And upside down, too. None of this happened in training.

He tugs at the straps of his parachute, rammed in tight against his body by the weight of his hanging torso and heavy backpack. Under thick gloves, his already frozen fingers can barely push in under the straps, let alone feel enough to release the catch.

‘Shit!’ he berates himself, too late to stop his voice from echoing off the trees, though it falls dead on the soundproofing snow. He writhes furiously, a madman in a strait jacket, hoping to dislodge himself, bracing his body and head for the final thud more than six feet below. But the straps only pull tighter, the tree creaking its distaste and shedding a branch’s worth of snow on top of him. Ice cold. As if he wasn’t already freezing enough.

Realising his efforts are futile, Jens stops and listens. Thinks. It’s what they were taught: to work it through, systematically. His options are few, and not altogether welcoming. He could wait for death by exposure, or for discovery by a friendly search party, though that might take days. Alternatively, he could be found by a German patrol and face the inevitable punishment; here, there’s often no arrest, tribunal or imprisonment in the raw, frozen wastes, as per the Geneva Convention. Interrogation, judge and jury happens out on the snowy hills within minutes, German Lugers primed and ready for any stray dissidents and the blood staining easily swept over by a fresh blanket of snow. He’s painfully aware of the consequences of capture. And a shuddering, shivering tree is a giveaway for any passer-by, friend or foe…

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The Resistance Girl
Mandy Robotham
18 May, 2022


Bergen, 1942: Hitler wants Norway for a reason and will destroy anyone who gets in his way. Rumi has lost everyone she loves in this war and now she will fight back…

War rages, and, under cover of darkness, Rumi Orlstad and her fellow resistance fighters smuggle British agents, fugitives and supplies across the North Sea into Nazi-occupied territory.

One night, when he braves a storm to complete an ill-fated mission, Rumi’s fiancé is lost to the dangerous waters. Broken-hearted, she withdraws from the clandestine group, vowing never to let her loved ones put themselves in the line of fire again.

But months later, Rumi stumbles across a Nazi secret that lays Hitler’s plans for Norway bare, and she knows she has no choice but to risk her life for her country once more…

Readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and anything by Fiona Valpy will love this heartbreaking tale of the sacrifices ordinary people made to keep friends, family, strangers – and hope – alive.

Mandy Robotham
About the author

Mandy Robotham

Mandy Robotham has been an aspiring author since the age of nine, but was waylaid by journalism and later enticed by birth. She's now a practising midwife who writes about birth, death, love and everything else in between. She graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University. This is her first novel.

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