Monday 11 January 2016

Review: Exposure by Helen Dunmore

Exposure by Helen Dunmore
Release date: 28 January 2016
Rating: ****
Back cover blurb: London, November 1960. The Cold War is at its height, and a spy may be a friend or neighbour, colleague or lover. At the end of a suburban garden, in the pouring rain, a woman buries a briefcase deep in the earth. She believes that she is protecting her family. What she will learn is that no one is immune from betrayal, or the devastating consequences of exposure.

Exposure is the ideal novel for those who want a brilliantly written spy story without the complex, complicated story lines that make some spy novels so very hard to follow.

Simon Callington is a family man, with a loving wife and three wonderful children. Instinctively when he gets a call from an old friend, Giles he thinks he should ignore it. 

But Giles has recently been hospitalised, and Simon being the decent sort of fellow that he is, believes that Giles needs his help.

After collecting a briefcase from Giles' home in the dead of night, Simon realises suddenly what he is getting in to. He takes he decision to hide the briefcase, believing he is doing the right thing and not realising the consequences it could cause for him and his family.

When Lily discovers the briefcase her immediate instinct is to make it disappear and so she buries it in the garden, also unaware of the consequences her actions could cause for her and her family.

As Simon is arrested for suspected espionage and breaching the official secrets act, Lily begins to realise the horror of the situation they have found themselves in. But she still doesn't know the whole truth about her husband, and when it does comes it will be devastating.

Exposure is a beautifully written novel that really showcases this authors talents. I look forward to the her next.

Exposure is available from 28 January 2016.
You can pre-order it now via Amazon online and Hutchinson.

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Thank you to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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