The New Girl

The New Girl

A Novel

Book - 2019
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#1 New York Times Bestseller * #1 USA Today Bestseller * #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller

Now you see her. Now you don't. THE NEW GIRL. A thriller of deception, betrayal, and vengeance.

She was covered from head to toe in expensive wool and plaid, the sort of stuff one saw at the Burberry boutique in Harrods. She carried a leather bookbag rather than a nylon backpack. Her patent leather ballet slippers were glossy and bright. She was proper, the new girl, modest. But there was something else about her ...

At an exclusive private school in Switzerland, mystery surrounds the identity of the beautiful raven-haired girl who arrives each morning in a motorcade fit for a head of state. She is said to be the daughter of a wealthy international businessman. In truth, her father is Khalid bin Mohammed, the much-maligned crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Once celebrated for his daring social and religious reforms, he is now reviled for his role in the murder of a dissident journalist. And when his only child is brutally kidnapped, he turns to the one man he can trust to find her before it is too late.

What's done cannot be undone ...

Gabriel Allon, the legendary chief of Israeli intelligence, has spent most of his life fighting terrorists, including the murderous jihadists financed by Saudi Arabia. Prince Khalid--or KBM, as he is known--has pledged to finally break the bond between the Kingdom and radical Islam. For that reason alone, Gabriel regards him as a valuable if flawed partner. Together they will become unlikely allies in a deadly secret war for control of the Middle East. The life of a child, and the throne of Saudi Arabia, hang in the balance. Both men have made their share of enemies. And both have everything to lose.

Filled with dark humor, breathtaking twists of plot, and an unforgettable cast of characters, The New Girl is both a thrilling, page-turning tale of entertainment and a sophisticated study of political alliances and great-power rivalries in a dangerous world. And it is once again proof that Gabriel Allon is "one of fiction's greatest spies" (Kirkus) and Daniel Silva is "quite simply the best" (Kansas City Star) writer of foreign intrigue and suspense at work today.

Publisher: New York, New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780062835406
Characteristics: 479 pages :,map ;,23 cm.


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Oct 12, 2019

I've read every D.S. book he's written. This one was slow and not that exciting except in certain parts. Disappointing.

Oct 11, 2019

This is not one of Silva's best. Good but not great. I have read all of his books, some more than once, so I can claim to know his style very closely. Gabriel has changed a little in this, he is not normally a wise crack type of man, his business not being anything amusing at all. Could it be that Silva has used a ghostwriter here ? After all , it must be difficult to turn out good work, year after year, undoubtedly under pressure of a publisher's deadline. Lets hope this is a one-time aberration, and not the start of a pattern. I don't think Silva can continue to keep having Gabriel as the Chief of the Israeli Mossad, and also be the main operative agent , doing the "wet work" as they call it. He has to be one or the other. A politician he is not. A great ( and ruthless ) field agent he is. I missed reading of his other career in this one, although he did do an art work of the new girl. I also missed some of his friends in the art world, my favourite being Julian Isherwood.

Oct 02, 2019

My first Silva thriller. Not sure if I'll read any more. It is indeed a page turner, well written, with some of the characters engaging, others not so much. Silva knows his stuff, including current events in the Middle East. But make no mistake, this is a very violent book. Are they all like this? This one runs the gamut from replays of the recent murder of a Saudi journalist for the Washington Post (somewhat disguised) in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, to a lovely family dinner in Jerusalem between the head of the Israeli Intelligence and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. This is the first time the Crown Prince has been in Israel, and he's being given the grand tour by the man who's trying to him find the perpetrator of the kidnapping and mistreatment of his only child, a beautiful 12 year old who's attending an elite school in Geneva. Interesting premise.

Sep 16, 2019

Five explosive, off-the-chart stars for this latest Gabriel Allon thriller. Silva clearly has his finger on the pulse of world affairs and the reader is dropped right into the middle of true-to-life scenarios. You almost expect to turn on the news and see these fictional figures appear in world news. In my opinion this series just keeps getting better. I was very glad to see Sarah Bancroft return to aid the team. Gabriel and Chiara's twins continue to grow. Will they join in the family craft when they get older? As is often the case, this installment does its share of globetrotting even travelling to my mother country, the Netherlands. Allon's compassion and drive to avoid collateral damage is well represented. The ending sets us up for more intrigue involving the Americans, Russians and Saudi Arabia. Can't wait for Gabriel Allon, #20!

Sep 10, 2019

I limped through the first 100 pages of the book (a book club choice) and desperately wanted to enjoy it. Instead I found it to be little more than a round the globe blow by blow account of a plethora of unengaging characters, none of which I felt any connection to or frankly even cared what happened to them. Half way through I still had no interest in the plot and cut my losses. This is my first Silva book and I fear my last.

Sep 06, 2019

Silva's book immediately grabbed my attention with the focus of a kidnapping of a young girl attending a Swiss school. She is the daughter of a Saudi crown prince and is used by Russian agents as a ploy to get him to give up his position as the next king of Arabia in order for them to install a Russian puppet in the Arabian throne. The recent event of the dismemberment of a journalist in the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul plays a prime role in this story but, of course, with names changed. Silva uses that event to plot his story giving Silva the opportunity to expand this incident into one involving the spy agencies of major countries and, of course, a return of his spy characters. At times Silva's fictional story gets the back seat as Silva explains to his readers the powerplay in the Middle East. This novel continues Silva's trademark of having his characters visit many places in Europe which becomes an interesting sidelight for me as I read his novels.

Aug 26, 2019

I have read them all and this novel made me think, been there, done that. There is so much of the same story lines...the word boilerplate comes to mind. If you have not read all the series up to this, the newest, then, by all means have a go. You'll probably like it. But if you've read the previous 18 books then they just start to run together.

Aug 24, 2019

As with all series, you'll enjoy some instalments more than others. But I don't think Silva is capable of writing a bad book & for me, his novels are an annual must-read. He's a master story teller & this was one of the best of recent years.

The real time politics & thinly veiled versions of actual world figures make this a gripping & timely read. But at the bottom of it all is a poignant & personal story line that reminds us innocent people end up being collateral damage as presidents, kings & prime ministers play their games.

All the old gang is back as the plot unfolds across multiple countries. The author's extensive knowledge of the Middle East & spycraft is general provides the backdrop for a perfectly paced & absorbing read that not only entertains but shines a light on the state of current events.

Aug 22, 2019

Silva, whitewashes a terrible crime that MbS, crown prince of Saudi Arabia okayed, that of the murder and dismemberment of the Washington Post journalist who went into the Saudi Embassy in Turkey and came out in pieces. It's not even worth talking about the rest of the book.

Aug 17, 2019

Loads of fun. Some scenes were drawn from actual events. Silva pulls in characters from earlier novels. A lot of fun to read. It moves quickly. Can't wait for the next one.

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