“Dunmore so cleverly interweaves each of the character's stories that as the tale unfolds it has the chilling ring of absolute authenticity. It’s gripping and page turning and all those things you expect in a Spy Dramabut always laced with her trademark humanity. I was totally caught up in the story which is paced perfectly. Her best book yet.”Mavis Cheek
Virtuoso storyteller Helen Dunmore returns with a thrilling Cold War espionage tale in which the closest ties are called into question and nobody is quite who they seem.
It’s London, 1960. The Cold War is at its height, and a spy may be a friend or neighbor, colleague or lover. Two colleagues, Giles Holloway and Simon Callington, face a terrible dilemma over a missing top-secret file. At the end of a suburban garden, in the pouring rain, Simon’s wife, Lily, buries a briefcase containing the file deep in the earth. She believes that in doing so she is protecting her family. What she will learn is that no one is immune from betrayal or the devastating consequences of exposure.
Helen Dunmore is the author of twelve books, including The Lie , The Greatcoat ; The Betrayal ,a New York Times Editors’ Choice; The Siege , a bestseller and finalist for the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award; and A Spell of Winter , winner of the Orange Prize.
This is the first book I have read by this author. I wasn't quite sure what to expect considering it is based on/around the Cold War and spies etc .. not my usual type of genre. But it is set in the 1960's so that was enough to pique my interest.
Lily is the star of the book .. wife, mother of three she has to remain the driving force in her family when her husband Simon is sent to prison accused of passing info to the Soviets.
This is a long book and if it had all been about the spy aspect I think I would have given up but the intrigue that surrounds Simon, his past encounters and how Lily manages to raise her children kept me interested.
The children all seemed very well behaved, whether that was due to Lily's influence or the time period I'm not sure. She would do anything to protect them from their father's misdemeanour's and the influential folk who may be chasing her down.
I particularly liked Giles .. his relationship with Simon and the way his life evolved was rather poignant. It brings into question who can you trust?
This moves at a steady pace, not a huge amount of mystery that needs unravelling but enough to give it a satisfactory ending.
Thanks to the author and Netgalley for providing this in exchange for my honest opinion.
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