“I enjoyed this detailed historical novel about the eponymous young woman, Charlotte Gray, and her adventures in the World War II. A Scottish spy in Vichy France, Charlotte Gray is a woman in search of her lost RAF lover. While living a double life in rural Lavaurette, she bears witness to France's shameful collaboration in the deportation of French Jews to Nazi death camps. This is an intricately detailed period adventure set against the epic backdrop of World War II. In Charlotte, Faulks has created a wonderfully complex and engaging heroine, one whom it is hard not to like and, along with the arresting plot, who makes the novel a memorable one.
The First World War haunts the Second in this dark, introspective tale, through characters such as Captain Gray (Charlotte’s father, who originally appeared in Birdsong), Hartmann (The Girl at the Lion D’Or) and Levi (Birdsong). This bringing together of strands of Faulk's earlier works only adds to the sense of the fragility of human life in wartime.”