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Dunmore does not disappoint,
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This review is from: The Betrayal (Hardcover)
I didn't realise The Betrayal was a sequel to The Seige (Dunmore's first novel set in Stalinist Russia) until about halfway through - shame on me! But as other reviewers have said, both books can be read alone and stand tall by themselves. The Betrayal is the story of a young couple struggling to survive following the seige of Stalingrad in the 1940s. Andrei, a doctor, is faced with an impossible situation when he has to treat the son of a terrifying Stalinist VIP. Even though you can guess how things progress, you won't skim over a sentence - as I read to the slow, inevitable climax I felt my stomach turning inside out. Dunmore's prose is sometimes lush, sometimes sparse, and she achieves the balance perfectly so reading her is a sheer joy even when you wince at what she's writing about. After the rather disappointing Counting the Stars, The Betrayal shows her back to the very peak of her talents.