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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., September 2018
Edition: First United States edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316176637 hardcover
031617663X hardcover
Branch Call Number: FIC ATKINSON
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 25 cm

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INVS
Nov 13, 2018

I had really mixed feelings about this from a truly enjoyable author. Plodding along, kept at it, can't say I'll remember any of it...except for the true intrigue of these specific years 7 the ones following WWII with Philby, Blount, the Cambridge spy group, the 'stuff' of legend.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Nov 13, 2018

I did not love this as much as I loved Life after Life...but I still enjoyed reading about another view of WWII from a woman's perspective.

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brangwinn
Nov 06, 2018

If the goal of this WWII espionage type story was to confuse me, Atkinson did her job. I didn’t follow the ending at all. I read it and understood what was happening, but I kept thinking “Why is this happening.” It seemed a mishmash of events that may or may have happened in England during WWII. The pacing of the novel wasn’t even, so many things put into the story detracted and I got characters confused.

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reader7176
Nov 06, 2018

This is new author for me. Reserved it because of comments and recommendations. Not sure this author is for me, just could not get into book. Will try again or maybe another one of her books.

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jrn520
Oct 27, 2018

Booklist review says it all. Juliet is fascinating character but no encore, it looks like. I will read everything from Atkinson.

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SRZ37
Oct 25, 2018

I couldn't put this down. And it's as much Atkinson's writing that grabs me, as much as her intricate plots. The character Juliet Armstrong is unforgettable and her lower-middle-class innocence is both charming and frustrating and beautifully handled throughout the book. My favorites are still the Jackson Brodie books and Life after Life because I thought the ending was rushed and hard to follow, but it's still a wonderful book.

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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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