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** My thanks to Sam at Penguin Random House for my copy of this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **

 

Description:

In 1986, news that East-West nuclear-arms negotiations are taking place lead many to believe the Cold War may finally be thawing.

For British intelligence officer Major Tom Fox, however, it is business as usual.

Ordered to arrange the smooth repatriation of a defector, Fox is smuggled into East Berlin. But it soon becomes clear that there is more to this than an old man wishing to return home to die – a fact cruelly confirmed when Fox’s mission is fatally compromised.

Trapped in East Berlin, hunted by an army of Stasi agents and wanted for murder by those on both sides of the Wall, Fox must somehow elude capture and get out alive.

But to do so he must discover who sabotaged his mission and why…

Nightfall Berlin is a tense, atmospheric and breathtaking thriller that drops you deep into the icy heard of the Cold War.

 

My Thoughts & Review:

I love a cold war thriller and when I read the description of this book it ticked all the right boxes for me.  Nightfall Berlin is billed as an atmospheric and tense thriller and I completely agree, there were moments when reading this that I was on the edge of my seat, moments when I held my breath in anticipation of what lay ahead and a worrying niggle of dread worming its way round my gut.

With a wonderfully clever plot, this book takes readers on an exceptional journey through a very tense time setting.  The notion of secrets and mistrust creates a dangerous shadow that lurks throughout this book, which characters can be trusted, are their motives purely self serving or have they got sinister ideals to unleash on the unsuspecting audience……

In Major Tom Fox we have a character who is proven to be resourceful and a time served spook.  His previous missions are alluded to throughout the plot, giving readers a wonderful insight into the depths of undercover work that he has undertaken and the extreme dangers that he has faced.  But more importantly, we are given a glimpse into the man behind the intelligence role.  His love of his family drives him, his connection with his son is wonderful to read about, his determination to be a better father for his son makes him endearing.  The complexity of this character and the mission he has undertaken are superbly matched, nothing is as it seems and certainly keeps readers wondering how the tangles will unravel.

The intensity of the plot makes this such a powerful and thrilling read, the writing is intelligent and exudes a such a chill that really gets under your skin.

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** My thanks to Jenny at Penguin Random House for my copy of this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **

 

Description:

Cornwall, 1940.

In the hushed hours of the night a woman is taken by the sea.

Was it a tragic accident? Or should the residents of Penhallow have been more careful about whom they invited in?

In the midst of war three women arrive seeking safety at Penhallow Hall.

Each is looking to escape her past.

But one of them is not there by choice.

As the threat of invasion mounts and the nightly blackouts feel longer and longer, tensions between the close-knit residents rise until dark secrets start to surface.

And no one can predict what their neighbour is capable of . . .

In a house full of strangers, who do you trust?

My Thoughts & Review:

The Cornwall setting of this novel really pours out from the pages as you read it, you can almost smell the sea air and feel the heat of the sun, the way that the author manages to perfectly capture these and put them so vividly on paper makes for wonderfully immersive reading.

This is a character rich tale that showcases the best or worst of people.  Each of the leading women in this book has their own troubles and a past that plays a very important role in their present.
Narration switches between the perspectives of the leading characters, broken up with diary entries dating from 20 July 1940 which count down incrementally to the disappearance of Diana.
Being able to experience the story through the perspectives of the three leading women gives readers a wonderful glimpse into the mindsets of each, seeing their lives unfolding and their feelings towards each other and the war.  The way that Kate Riordan writes these women means that we also discover them through their own thoughts which is more powerful.

Secrets and lies play a huge part in the plot of this novel and the way that they are masterfully woven together makes this an addictive read.  There is a real sense of unease that swirls around the story, and readers cannot help but be drawn in as the characters hint at their respective secrets.

This is a thought provoking read that transports readers to the rugged setting that develops slowly and captivatingly.

 

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