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In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc., 2018
Edition: First United States edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316176637
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 25 cm


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May 16, 2019

Feels like a good short story expanded into a confusing, meandering spy novel sited in the years in Britain before WW2. Protagonist is a secretary.

Apr 25, 2019

I became a Kate Atkinson fan after reading the Jackson Brodie series (Case Histories), but have not enjoyed any of her other books, include Transcription, nearly as much.

DBRL_ANNEG Apr 23, 2019

I generally enjoyed this Cold War spy thriller, but mostly for the bits of dry humor that Kate Atkinson managed to sprinkle throughout rather than the mystery that unfolded. Atkinson does a phenomenal job of building characters who confound and amuse. The story itself, though, kind of meandered here and there and lacked some of the suspense that I was hoping for going into it. Granted, now that I know how it played out, I think it would be interesting to re-look at the story and see just how Atkinson laid out the groundwork for the twisty tale she was creating.

Mar 30, 2019

Disappointing read. Juliette Armstrong had no depth....never learned anything about her son....spy stuff was dull. Atkinson has written much better books, thankfully.

JessicaGma Mar 27, 2019

This felt like a more straightforward book over some of the other novels Atkinson has written. It wasn't a bad story, but it was definitely spies light.

Mar 24, 2019

This is my first Kate Atkinson book and I was really looking forward to it after all the great reviews. I was so sure of it, I selected it for the book club read. Must be me, but I found this alternately exciting, dull, but mostly confusing - especially at the end. Actually, most of the book club felt similarly - phew! I love Atkinson's writing style and beautiful descriptions (p136 - sickly looking as if she had been raised in the dark like a mushroom; p122 - massive pillars made from a meaty kind of marble) and I vow to read some of her other books to see what I may be missing.

Mar 23, 2019

Great read! Kate Atkinson never disappoints.

Mar 16, 2019

Kate is so brilliant, but I didn't love this one. Life After Life and A God in Ruins are sooooo good. This one didn't hold my attention. Found this one boring and difficult to get through. If I'd had something else to read at the time, I wouldn't have finished it.

Mar 07, 2019

Rather similar to William Boyd's Restless but not as good. Just kept getting the feeling, "I've read this." Restless was also made into a movie and was very good.

Mar 05, 2019

It is a clever book.

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ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 18, 2018

"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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