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In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc., [2018]
Edition: First United States edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316176637
031617663X
Branch Call Number: F ATKINSON
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 25 cm

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“In WWII era London, Juliet Armstrong is working as an espionage monitor for MI5. Ten years later she suddenly finds herself targeted by dangerous individuals from her past. For fans of smart, witty, suspenseful, historical or spy fiction and authors like Tana French, Laurie R. King, and John Le ... Read More »

(Large Print Version) “In WWII era London, Juliet Armstrong is working as an espionage monitor for MI5. Ten years later she suddenly finds herself targeted by dangerous individuals from her past. For fans of smart, witty, suspenseful, historical or spy fiction and authors like Tana French, Laurie... Read More »


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traceyrb
Oct 14, 2018

First, let me say that I think Kate Atkinson is a really good writer and have loved all of the books of hers that I have previously read (works from 2004 onwards). This one simply didn't interest me in either its characters or the storyline. The author's note at the end was the best bit and the most interesting. I can't imagine how hard it is to write a good book and I think 1 miss out of so many hits is to be expected. I hope Kate goes on to write more works, Jackson Brodie or otherwise.

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trickbag22
Oct 13, 2018

I read this in one sitting, today actually. So many people waiting and I could not put off anyone's enjoyment of this great read. Juliet is so isolated, seems to live in her own thoughts that it is no wonder she is caught up in this web of deception. One can be surrounded by many but if your true self is always locked up tightly and lies fall as easily as autumn leaves, one will never know their true self.
Mixed with historical fact and previously unpublished documents, Kate has woven a intriguing story of espionage and suspicion

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uncommonreader
Oct 13, 2018

A very enjoyable spy novel and more. I also enjoyed Atkinson's humour.

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QNBKPR
Oct 07, 2018

Best pay attention when reading Kate Atkinson! Her characters are never one-dimensional, her plot lines are not linear. In this espionage novel played out over forty years, Atkinson leaves it to the reader to figure out who to trust, and why.
Loved the characters, even Nelly the mad Hungarian, and the sometimes maddeningly dense Juliet.
Worth the read, though my favorite is still 'Life after Life'

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EmilyEm
Oct 06, 2018

Bright young thing Juliet Armstrong is recruited by MI5, the British intelligence services, as WW II materializes into reality. At first she’s just a transcriber working behind the scenes, but she’s soon working a more dangerous game, one that will play out years later. Oh, the tale she tells. Page-turning good. Another wonderful suspense novel from Kate Atkinson.

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ownedbydoxies
Oct 03, 2018

Kate Atkinson's books are ALL treasures, in my opinion. They can be complex (this one is in some respects) if you aren't paying attention, but it's worth the time and effort to follow this story with all its repercussions. Excellent book. Interesting and authentic characters. Loved it!

debwalker Aug 07, 2018

Top September Loan Star pick. "As delicious as you were hoping if you are a Kate Atkinson fan. Juliet's story of being a spy in WWII, in a somewhat unique role on home soil, is harrowing, bizarre, and deeply humanizing."
- Alexandra Yarrow, Ottawa Public Library

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