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[A] suspenseful novel… enlivened by its heroine’s witty, sardonic voice as she is transformed from an innocent, unsophisticated young woman into a spy for Britain’s MI5 during WWII.… [A] transportive, wholly realized historical novel.
Publishers Weekly


(Starred review) [S]uperb…. With a fascinating cast of characters, careful plotting, and lyrical language in turns comical and tragic, Atkinson's complex story carefully unveils the outer demands and inner conflicts that war inflicts on people. A delight. —Penelope J.M. Klein, Fayetteville, NY
Library Journal


(Starred review) Atkinson never fails to take us beyond an individual's circumstances to the achingly human, often-contradictory impulses within. [T]his is a wonderful novel about making choices, failing to make them, and living, with some degree of grace, the lives our choices determine for us.
Booklist


(Starred review) [A] sort of demystified thriller… [with] intrigue …[and] surprises.… The deepest pleasure …is the author's language. As ever, Atkinson is sharp, precise, and funny.… Another beautifully crafted book from an author of great intelligence and empathy
Kirkus Reviews

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