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.
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.
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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