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A missing top-secret file poses a terrible dilemma for colleagues Giles Holloway and Simon Callington at the height of the Cold War in London, where Simon's wife, Lily, resolves to protect their family only to be devastatingly exposed.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780802124937
Branch Call Number: FIC DUNMORE, HELEN
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 21, 2016

This story had elements of espionage, crime, even murder. However, the author did not take us down the typical road with"who done it?". The elements of mystery were clear. Instead we peeked into the personal lives of the characters which made for a very readable novel.

Dec 08, 2016

1960s London is beautifully evoked in this story of a family enduring a crisis of great magnitude and peril. The background is the Cold War, and a recovering Britain exhibits the paranoia and ultimate scapegoating that set this novel on it's course. The characters are fully realized. If you are looking for a thriller that doesn't involve car chases, explosives and superhuman feats, look no further. The parallels to our own suspicion of "the other" today make this book even more worthwhile.

May 19, 2016

This is another excellent novel from Dunmore. It is set in Cold War Britain but it is not a thriller. It tells the story of a married couple with three children and what is gradually exposed about their lives. The children are exceptionally well-portrayed with credibility and sympathy. This is a subtle novel about love and steadfastness.


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