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3.0 out of 5 stars I Spy......., 29 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Restless: TV tie-in (Paperback)
I think the proverbial curate would find parts to enjoy in this spy thriller, but the plot hinges on basic assumptions that have the whiff of contrivance about them. To begin with, the heroin, Eve, encouraged by her father, is curiously motivated to take the place of her murdered brother in the dangerous underworld of WW2 espionage. That seems highly unlikely to me. Then 35 years later, she still suffers paranoid fears that her life is in danger, but nevertheless shows no urgency in giving her daughter the story of her spy activities in small instalments, spread over time. This conceit enables the author to neatly dovetail the chapters on the mother and daughter, which he does with skill. but the implausibility remains.
The best parts of the book for me were Eve's spying activities, where she displays incredible intelligence and resourcefulness in staying one step ahead, without being aware of the "big picture" . It seems that some of the more incredible parts of this narrative are based on real wartime activities.
The novel ends weakly; the final confrontation is predictable and cliche-ridden. Pity, because the book is mostly well-written and has enough good things to make it an enjoyable read, provided the reader suspends disbelief. I would add an extra half star if that were possible.
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