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This review is from: The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
I would love to give this book a top five stars, but ultimately I couldn't. This is a quiet, hidden gem that is skillfully written with a dark tale on the surface and sub themes underneath.
Calling it a simple tale is deliberately ironic as this is anything but that. Mr Adolph Verloc is active in communist circles whilst maintaining an image as a married shopkeeper. But all is not as it appears as we are led through further deepening revelations and twists. And some of those twists are excellently executed and change your view on the direction of the book.
Ultimately this is a tale of the choices of one man and the repercussions that has on those around him. It is often a dark tale yet also rewarding. The readability of it is difficult at first and, whilst it improves, it doesn't quite flow as others books do. That is ultimately why this falls short for me of five stars.