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on 30 January 2016
I don't normally write reviews when there are already over 250 in existence - there can't be much more to say, can there?
However, I made an exception in this case to attempt to negate some of the (in my opinion) unfair 1* & 2* reviews & to express my satisfaction with this book.
In the main it was well written and the development of the main character from naïf young middle-class girl to SOE agent was believable - the author's recounting of her developing emotions & thought processes were logical & credible & made me empathise with her more as the story progressed. I was concerned about her obvious lack of discretion, thinking that SOE agents would not have been successful in completing their training & being deployed had they been as indiscreet as Marian, but I suppose SOE agents were from a huge variety of backgrounds & possessed as wide a range of temperaments so I eventually accepted that as credible.
The story really gets into its stride when Marian reached Paris & the author brews a wonderfully brooding & threatening atmosphere here - you could feel the resentment, despair & overpowering sense of menace engendered by the occupying Forces.
*** SPOILER ALERT*** I did have an issue with the denouement - surely an SOE agent in her position following her particular personal experiences would not have made the travel arrangements which she did? Hence 4* not 5*.
I enjoyed this book greatly & will look forward to reading others by the same author.
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on 9 May 2017
This is one of the most brilliantly written books I have read in a very long time. Scrupulously researched to create atmosphere and authenticity. Hard to remember this was a work of fiction given the subject matter and I was with the main character all the way to the very end.
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on 26 August 2017
Well written story that draws the reader into the experiences of a remarkable lady who is recruited into the SOE, during WW2.
A story of courage and hope,betrayal and love,. It is gripping and atmospheric. You can almost feel the fear. The ending that will make want to read the sequel.
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on 31 July 2017
So far so good. Haven't finished it yet.
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on 27 July 2017
Simon Mawer's previous book to Tightrope about an S O E agent in WW2. Both books superb and now reading them a second time.
Will keep them on my bookshelf for a long time.
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on 27 March 2017
Great read. Arrived quickly at best price
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on 16 March 2017
interesting
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on 17 September 2015
Excellent.......the younger sister of Restless!
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on 19 June 2013
A subject that has always fascinated me.
The author uses historical facts to weave this fictional story.
Very readable, and very well done.
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on 22 January 2013
enjoyed this bookbut want to know whar happened next,i know life does not have an ending but even so will SM write a follow up?
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