TranscriptionBook - 2018
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BBC radio producer Juliet Armstrong finds herself targeted by dangerous individuals from her past as a World War II espionage monitor for MI5.
OPLBOOKLISTS Jan 21, 2020
I can't quite remember the context, but I once again praised this WWII spy novel. A terrific read, one of my favorites from last year. 4.5 stars. Lorie
Complex, character-driven - a former MI-5 espionage monitor finds her post-war life threatened by her past.
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“Do not equate nationalism with patriotism... Nationalism is the first step on the road to Fascism.”
"She wished she could see her son one last time... Tell him that nothing mattered and that that was a freedom, not a burden." - last page of book
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Lots of readers have commented on this novel, so I'll try to be brief. I am not usually a fan of history novels, but MI5 in WWII captured my attention. I thoroughly enjoyed the action, the two time lines, the drama and intrigue. The first rule of spying is do not trust anyone, and this book is wrought with distrust, all the way to the end. But the best part of this novel is the witty, sardonic comments by the protagonist- "Reader I did not marry him" being just a singular example. This was my first Kate Atkinson exposure and I admire her writing style. It says a lot that her afterward was every bit as enjoyable as the novel itself. I plan to investigate her other works soon.
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