The Diplomat's Wife (Paperback)Michael Ridpath (author)
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TO LOVE, HONOUR, AND BETRAY...
'One of our finest thriller writers.' Daily Mail
1936: Devastated by the death of her beloved brother Hugh, Emma seeks to keep his memory alive by wholeheartedly embracing his dreams of a communist revolution. But when she marries an ambitious diplomat, she must leave her ideals behind and live within the confines of embassy life in Paris and Nazi Berlin. Then one of Hugh's old comrades reappears, asking her to report on her philandering husband, and her loyalties are torn.
1979: Emma's grandson, Phil, dreams of a gap-year tour of Cold War Europe, but is nowhere near being able to fund it. So when his beloved grandmother determines to make one last trip to the places she lived as a young diplomatic wife, and to try to solve a mystery that has haunted her since the war, he jumps at the chance to accompany her. But their journey takes them to darker, more dangerous places than either of them could ever have imagined...
'Thoroughly engaging. Prewar Europe has rarely been evoked with the skill that Ridpath displays here.' Financial Times
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 565 g
Dimensions: 234 x 169 x 26 mm
Prewar Europe has rarely been evoked with the skill that Ridpath displays here. * Financial Times *
A fast paced, dual timeline wartime spy caper * NB Magazine *
Fast-paced, twisty and hugely enjoyable. Ridpath's wonderfully vivid descriptions, colourful characters and thoroughly engaging plot made me want to jump into a two-seater and head for Paris! A real treat. * Sophie Hardach *
A thrilling journey packed with twists, turns and hidden secrets. A real page-turner . . . * Kate Ellis *
A thrilling meditation on belief and betrayal by a master storyteller... Compelling. * Simon Conway, author of The Stranger *
A continental adventure with more plot twists than turns in the road, this is the work of a master storyteller. Thrillers this much fun should come with a health warning. * Jason Hewitt *
An intricately plotted tale of betrayal and espionage ... part road-trip, part spy thriller, it is utterly compelling and unputdownable. * Sophia Tobin *
Meticulously plotted with an amazing sense of flow, The Diplomat's Wife is a glorious one-evening repast. One of 2021's must-reads. * Andres Kabel, readlistenwatch.com *
A wonderful timeslip novel... which offers a riveting impression of life among the high-minded British Communists of the 1930s. * NJ Cooper *
An intelligent spy thriller with believable characters and a fine sense of its historical settings * Aspects of History *
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