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Samia lives in New York City after escaping imminent death in Iraq 17 years earlier. She works as a housekeeper for a cold ruthless woman, but everything she does is so her son can have a good life in the country he was born in. His life though, has not been all roses as he moves through isolation, racism and bullying. But he studies hard and is a good boy.

Samia is filled with guilt for a past she had no control over. She wishes little for herself and is filled with love for her son and for the friendship of her best friend.

Almost a decade after 9/11, her life destroyed, she finds herself back in the place she fled from so many years before.

I really enjoyed this book, although maybe “enjoy” is not quite the right word. The story is wonderfully written and it is compelling reading. The characters in this book are exceptionally well developed and it is almost impossible not to develop a relationship with them.
Samia is quite a simple, straight forward character, but has a complex past, yet her tyrant boss is a very complicated lady and not particularly likeable for the most part. Aazim, Samia’s son, unaccepted by his peers, manages to keep focusing on his studies until his one friend is betrayed.

The situations that arise within the story are realistic and quite horrifying, but it is the overall picture the author paints that will stay with me. It is a story full of emotion; great loss, hope and love, but it also speaks of friendship and forgiveness. That racism/religious prejudice are also featured is a given. It is thought provoking and very moving. Highly recommended.

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John Daniel is at the station, on his way to work, when he is knocked down by an old man who passes him a seemingly nonsensical message just before he ends up under an oncoming train.

Adam Grey is a retired MI6 agent called back into service after receiving a message from an old informant. unfortunately, his informant has apparently thrown himself under a train and Grey seeks the last person who spoke to him for information.

Soon Grey and John are drawn into a web of international espionage involving players in the highest echelons of British government. But who can be trusted?

While senior British government officials plan damage control to cover their tracks, Grey and John dig for more information.

This is a complex political thriller that will keep you guessing right to the end. The characters are well developed and the setting in today’s London is extremely well done. (As a visual reader, this is very important to me.) It’s paced well, there are no flat spots where attention can wander and the ending is explosive.

I loved this book! It kept me up turning pages. It’s highly topical in today’s political climate and I experienced a range of emotions from anger through to sorrow.

Dee has written with sensitivity and respect where required and has not brushed over things to avoid dealing with them. It is a brave novel in many ways, one that makes you think before passing judgement on other’s actions.

Simply said, I loved it and the ending left me with my mouth open. I look forward to his next book.

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Published by Blue Poppy Publishing, 2017

 

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