"Dunmore so cleverly interweaves each of the character's stories that as the tale unfolds it has the chilling ring of absolute authenticity. It's gripping and page turning and all those things you expect in a Spy Drama-but always laced with her trademark humanity. I was totally caught up in the story which is paced perfectly. Her best book yet."-Mavis Cheek Virtuoso storyteller Helen Dunmore returns with a thrilling Cold War espionage tale in which the closest ties are called into question and nobody is quite who they seem. It's London, 1960. The Cold War is at its height, and a spy may be a friend or neighbor, colleague or lover. Two colleagues, Giles Holloway and Simon Callington, face a terrible dilemma over a missing top-secret file. At the end of a suburban garden, in the pouring rain, Simon's wife, Lily, buries a briefcase containing the file deep in the earth. She believes that in doing so she is protecting her family. What she will learn is that no one is immune from betrayal or the devastating consequences of exposure.
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"Set in London in 1960, Helen Dunmore's latest novel is remarkable by itself, with the audio version bringing it to a new level. While best described as an espionage-based love story, it succeeds on audio because of narrator Emma Feeney's almost hypnotic style. The story centers on Simon Callington, "a reasonably competent civil servant" who is accused of providing information to the Soviets after a top-secret file goes missing. But there's far more. Told from the points of view of Simon; his wife, Lily; their son, Paul; and a high-level official named Giles Holloway, the book is also an engrossing character study. While Feeney's delivery is fluid and sensitive to each character's personality, her portrayal of Lily and her ability to convey a wide range of emotions are memorable. D.J.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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