I Spy

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I was so excited to get this book, and tried to start it immediately but just couldn’t get into it,  eventually I did.  I couldn’t give 5 stars, because the beginning just sort of left me not wanting to delve further, but when I finally made myself I did enjoy, so I would give a solid 4 stars!  I think it’s written in that style I Kendal seems to use, and it’s a good one to utilize with thrillers.  Very chilling, thrilling, and shocking, after the initial few chapters.  
Will recommend to the members of Chapter Chatter Pub!
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Darkly chilling and thoroughly enjoyable, I Spy is another hit for Claire Kendal! In I Spy we meet Holly, a woman on a mission to become a secret agent who falls at the final hurdle. The story is told through interweaving narrative of before and after, and it's never really clear just where the plot is going... in all the best ways. My heart was in my throat in the final chapters, a must-read psychological thriller this summer.
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Enjoyable domestic thriller that makes you turn the pages fast. I liked the twists and the pace. Good fun!
Thanks a lot Netgalley and the publisher for this copy in exchange for an honest review.
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I loved this book, interesting characters and plot. I will recommend for our book club, lots to discuss. I shall look for more books by this author.
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Unfortunately I didn't connect with this book which is disappointing as I usually enjoy this authors work. I found the plot to be very confusing as well as too slow paced so will not be putting on my book club list.
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I thought that this was a very slow read. Parts of the story are good but other parts are not believable. I didn’t really like any of the characters which made it hard to keep reading.

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy.
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I Spy is a cleverly twisted two pronged tale, with an intriguing premise and some engaging characters.

Holly is hiding from the world, a failed attempt at espionage haunting her. Told in past and present we discover what happened to Holly, why a chance encounter with a child sets her on a dangerous path and who may be watching her every move…

There are some terrifically unexpected elements to this story, keeping you turning the pages. It is a kind of domestic noir/spy thriller hybrid written with a very human touch and completely riveting throughout.

Overall a really great read with a pitch perfect ending.

Recommended.
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This got off to a fairly slow start but was a decent thriller, with some twists along the way. At times the characters did not seem wholly convincing.
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This is really enjoyable read and a mystery with a difference, the spying aspect of the story was very different and I loved the character of Holly. Told from alternating timelines it makes a compulsive read that I found entertaining, well written and something different from the norm. I have been on a run of excellent books recently so I am always apprehensive when starting a new one but this really did hit the mark and I look forward to reading more from Claire Kendal in the future. So if you want a mystery with a difference then you a good one here and I really recommend it.
My thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins Uk for giving me the chance to read the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Well I have finished another book and wow what a book! I Spy is a psychological thriller from author Claire Kendal and I absolutely loved it. From start to finish I found it near impossible to put down and must admit that I was even late for work a couple of times due to having to read just one or two more pages. Following the life of a failed MI5 applicant the story jumps forward and back in Hollys life with each section answering question while providing more at the same time. What really happened? How and why did things turn out the way they did and what will happen next. Its hard to know what to write about books like this that wont give away a key part of the story while thinking about the parts that really stuck in my mind. But regardless throughout I was hooked and the protagonists pain and determination felt as real as my own determination to read more.
Definitely a must read for any fans of the genre, I Spy will be released 01 Aug 2019. I was given an advance copy for the purpose of this review.
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Not a great storyline, difficult to follow and characters I didn’t really care about.
I struggled to finish it, so, although I’m sure it’s got an audience, it’s not me.
2*

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the opportunity to preview.
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I found this book to be very slow and the characters unconvincing. Sorry, it's not for me.
Thanks to Netgalley for allowing me an ARC
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Claire Kendal has the ability to always write an amazing, unique psychological thriller and this book is no exception. 
The plot is engaging, complex and has multiple layers to it. 
I’d strongly recommend this one to anyone who likes her books or this genre.
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My thanks to Netgalley for my copy of this book which provided a totally satisfying read. The narrative is contained within two timelines which fortunately are delivered well and led to no confusion.

This is a psychological thriller with many more facets than the actual main plot, all of which are very well handled. I Spy is as full of intrigue and suspense as you could wish for.

Personally I was slightly disappointed with the conclusion but to explain why would divulge a spoiler and of course, you can't please all of the people all of the time. Overall a good book which I would recommend to any reader who enjoys this genre.
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4 Stars from me

I have a bit of an unusual situation with this book... I opened it on Kindle, flicked through the first few title pages and began reading. I was struck by how a notion of arriving right in the story, but it alternated between 'now', 'then' 'one year later' etc etc so it didn't seem abnormal. However, when I went to put the book down I realised it was showing as 73% on the Kindle. Initially I thought this was a glitch but the next day when I went back to the book I realised that I had somehow started the book at about 60% through, no idea how, it's never happened before. At this stage there seemed little point going back to the beginning so I carried on and finished the book.

Therefore, my review is a little odd as it is essentially based purely on the last 40% of the book! I'm assuming the slight confusion I felt with placing people and names is entirely down to missing a huge chunk of the story and as such I would say I really enjoyed the bits I read.Holly/Helen is a sad soul but very determined and I liked her. I liked George too although Zac was hard to fathom, I get the impression he may have been a bit of an arse in the bits I missed and yet the Zac at the end seemed a genuinely nice guy. Very difficult to form any true opinion from the portion I've read but the writing style is nice and the cliff scene was well described. 

I would certainly read more (ha ha maybe even the whole book) by Claire Kendal.

Synopsis: Someone is watching your every move…Holly Lawrence always wanted to be a spy, but the experience proved more dangerous than anything she imagined. Now, Holly lives in hiding under an assumed name. She avoids relationships and trusts no one.But Holly’s new life begins to unravel when she encounters a young mother and her two-year-old child… a child who reminds her of a past she has tried hard to forget. This time, someone is spying on her, and Holly will need to decide how far she is willing to go to survive.A psychological thriller unlike anything you’ve read before...
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Sorry but this book was too slow for me and just didn't 'grab' me. I disliked the characters and was glad when I got to the end.

Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins UK for giving me the opportunity to read this book.
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Not a very convincing story, I didn't quite believe in the characters and couldn't be!over in the plot.
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This started a bit slow for me but I did enjoy it so glad I stuck with it.  Well written & strong story line, an enjoyable thriller I’d recommend to anyone.
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This started poorly in my opinion - the interview almost put me off entirely because it seemed so fake and immature. However, I'm glad I persisted because the novel turned out to be a twisty thriller with much less of the cringey 'girl spy' trope than the opening chapter seemed to promise.  It was dark and perhaps a litte suspension of disbelief helped, but overall I was engaged and enjoyed the ride.
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Great book ...not quite a 5 star read for me but almost there. It is a good story but not the easiest to read/follow. It takes quite a bit of concentration to work out what is going on. Not a bad thing but at one point about 70% through I was hoping the end was near but then the narrative picked up again and I stayed up late to finish it. I am not sure about the ending....I cannot quite believe what Holly decides to do ....in my experience she will live to regret it!
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