The Most Difficult Thing (Hardback)
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The Most Difficult Thing (Hardback)

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Hardback 432 Pages / Published: 11/07/2019
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Waterstones Says

Effortlessly blending the intimate threat of the domestic thriller with the high stakes tension of the finest espionage novel, Charlotte Philby’s debut provides just the kind of authentic suspense you would expect from the granddaughter of notorious double agent, Kim Philby. 

What would you sacrifice to uncover the truth?

On the surface, Anna Witherall personifies everything the aspirational magazine she works for represents. Married to her university boyfriend David, she has a beautiful home and gorgeous three-year-old twin daughters, Stella and Rose. But beneath the veneer of success and happiness, Anna is hiding a dark secret, one that threatens to unravel everything she has worked so hard to create.

As Anna finds herself drawn into the dark and highly controlled world of secret intelligence, she is forced to question her family's safety, and her own. Only one thing is certain: in order to protect her children, she must leave them, forever.

And someone is watching. Someone she thought she could trust. Someone who is determined to make them all pay.

Stylish and assured, The Most Difficult Thing is an irresistible combination of contemporary espionage and domestic suspense, and a compulsive, highly charged examination of betrayal.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008326982
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 227 x 159 x 37 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'I devoured this beautifully written, intricately wrought and unique blend of spy thriller and domestic suspense: The Most Difficult Thing is The Night Manager set in a woman's world. The twists keep coming, right down to that chilling last line.' - Erin Kelly

'A compelling and emotionally resonant mixture of spy thriller and domestic suspense.' - Daily Telegraph

'Charlotte Philby's debut The Most Difficult Thing is an enigmatic and slippery beast, a cool new generation of spy novel. Just as the characters play cat and mouse with one another, so does the author with her readers - it's a guessing game right to the end and I turned the last page with my heart pounding. Recommended.' - Louise Candlish

'A genre-busting spy novel that amps up the tension and will leave you trusting no one.' - Red

'Dark and addictive and magnificent.' - Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Three Things About Elsie

'An espionage/domestic noir crossover in which betrayal is as inevitable as it is compulsive.' - i Paper

'Compulsive and chilling.' - Good Housekeeping

'A page-turning thriller.' - BBC Radio 4 Open Book

'Compelling and complex - a compulsive read.' - Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange

'[A] page-turner full of intrigue and deception ... a compulsive read.' - Prima

'Spying has been her inheritance and this brilliant, beautifully crafted debut novel uses it to the full - and so much more besides.' - Jon Snow, Channel 4 News

'Fantastic ... [a] slick spy thriller.' - Woman's Weekly

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Hardback

“A complex fusion of psychological and spy thriller with domestic suspense.”

A complex fusion of psychological and spy thriller with domestic suspense makes ‘The Most Difficult Thing’ an intriguing, poignant, riveting read.

Anna is leaving her children, her husband, her successful career... More

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“Compelling Spy Story”

The Most Difficult Thing is a gripping story of espionage and betrayal.Set between London .The Maldives and Greece ,Anna has reinvented herself and married David son of a Millionaire whose business involves dumping... More

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“Brilliant psychological thriller!!”

The Most Difficult Thing by Charlotte Philby focuses mainly on the character of Anna who finds herself immersed in the world of espionage whilst dealing with the difficulties of being a new mother to twin girls. She... More

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