The gripping new WWII espionage thriller
by Mara Timon
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Pub Date 2 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 5 Sep 2021
Bonnier Books UK, Zaffre
'De Mornay is a welcome recruit to the ranks of female spies' The Times
Perfect for fans of Code Name Hélène and The Alice Network.
Three women. One mission. Enemies everywhere.
May 1944. When spy Elisabeth de Mornay, code name Cécile, notices a coded transmission from an agent in the field does not bear his usual signature, she suspects his cover has been blown– something that is happening with increasing frequency. With the situation in Occupied France worsening and growing fears that the Resistance has been compromised, Cécile is ordered behind enemy lines.
Having rendezvoused with her fellow agents, Léonie and Dominique, together they have one mission: help the Resistance destabilise German operations to pave the way for the Normandy landings.
But the life of a spy is never straightforward, and the in-fighting within the Resistance makes knowing who to trust ever more difficult. With their lives on the line, all three women will have to make decisions that could cost them everything - for not all their enemies are German.
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Average rating from 20 members
A year ago I read City Of Spies, Mara Timon's stunning debut novel. Second novels often disappoint. This one sure doesn't. The writing is wonderfully assured and the plot totally gripping from beginning to end. The depth of the characterizations makes everything ring true and all the nuances of human nature during a time of war are here. Mara's female heroines are full of empathy and play lead roles - unusual in spy thrillers - but just perfect in this story of British SOE and the French Resistance in the lead up to D-Day. This is an utterly seamless stand-out read.