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"From the bestselling author of Life After Life, a new novel that explores the repercussions of one young woman's espionage work during World War II. Juliet Armstrong is a dissatisfied radio producer in a 1950s London that is recovering from the war as much as she is. During World War Two, Juliet was conscripted into service, transcribing conversations between an MI5 agent and a ring of suspected German sympathizers. The seemingly dull work quickly plunged Juliet into a treacherous world of code words and secret meetings where Juliet herself was sent into the field. These moments of intrigue and romance feel like a lifetime ago as Juliet trudges through her commute, her job and her new life. But as Juliet and the rest of London find ways to return to normal, her routine is upended by an encounter with a mysterious man from her past life. Haunted by the relationships and actions of her past and facing a very real threat in the present, Juliet cannot escape the repercussions of her work for the government. With no other choice, Juliet is quickly pulled back into the life of espionage she thought she'd left behind. Kate Atkinson's latest novel brings mid-century London to life in a gripping tale of deception and consequences."--
Publisher: Toronto : Bond Street Books, Doubleday Canada, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780385691529
Characteristics: 366 pages ;,24 cm.

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fpsutka
Jun 17, 2019

It was interesting to read about WWII in London from a female perspective. I found the ending confusing - I didn't understand it. I also enjoyed Warlight by Michael Ondajtee.

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xiaojunbpl12
May 31, 2019

Disguised as a “spy novel”, the protagonist Juliet’s witty, sometimes aloof even flippant style quickly became infectious over me, an unexpected mood kindling when read about WWII.
Author’s holding back or giving out content against chronological order were felt more a matter of plot design or creating suspense.

I found the identity play (political, patriotic, gender, class, in changing time, place, relationship from personal level to global stage) is the most intriguing, fascinating, profound, and more than thrilling as experienced in mystery or thriller read.

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fred98115
May 16, 2019

Feels like a good short story expanded into a confusing, meandering spy novel sited in the years in Britain before WW2. Protagonist is a secretary.

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LizzieCent
Apr 25, 2019

I became a Kate Atkinson fan after reading the Jackson Brodie series (Case Histories), but have not enjoyed any of her other books, include Transcription, nearly as much.

DBRL_ANNEG Apr 23, 2019

I generally enjoyed this Cold War spy thriller, but mostly for the bits of dry humor that Kate Atkinson managed to sprinkle throughout rather than the mystery that unfolded. Atkinson does a phenomenal job of building characters who confound and amuse. The story itself, though, kind of meandered here and there and lacked some of the suspense that I was hoping for going into it. Granted, now that I know how it played out, I think it would be interesting to re-look at the story and see just how Atkinson laid out the groundwork for the twisty tale she was creating.

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dollface_1
Mar 30, 2019

Disappointing read. Juliette Armstrong had no depth....never learned anything about her son....spy stuff was dull. Atkinson has written much better books, thankfully.

JessicaGma Mar 27, 2019

This felt like a more straightforward book over some of the other novels Atkinson has written. It wasn't a bad story, but it was definitely spies light.

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BigOrange
Mar 24, 2019

This is my first Kate Atkinson book and I was really looking forward to it after all the great reviews. I was so sure of it, I selected it for the book club read. Must be me, but I found this alternately exciting, dull, but mostly confusing - especially at the end. Actually, most of the book club felt similarly - phew! I love Atkinson's writing style and beautiful descriptions (p136 - sickly looking as if she had been raised in the dark like a mushroom; p122 - massive pillars made from a meaty kind of marble) and I vow to read some of her other books to see what I may be missing.

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SherryNeufeld
Mar 23, 2019

Great read! Kate Atkinson never disappoints.

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esrobbins
Mar 16, 2019

Kate is so brilliant, but I didn't love this one. Life After Life and A God in Ruins are sooooo good. This one didn't hold my attention. Found this one boring and difficult to get through. If I'd had something else to read at the time, I wouldn't have finished it.

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ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 18, 2018

"She wished she could see her son one last time... Tell him that nothing mattered and that that was a freedom, not a burden." - last page of book

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