Publisher: Avon Books UK
Release date: 17 August 2023
Back cover blurb: Her letters can save the country. But can she be trusted? A double agent. As World War Two rages, MI5 agent Sarah Gillespie is faced with her toughest challenge yet: handling Adeline Vernier, a mysterious double agent from Paris. A dangerous mission. Adeline’s coded letters could help the Allies defeat the Germans – but, in return, she demands that her boyfriend is rescued from Nazi-occupied France. Adeline is not above threatening to double-cross MI5 to get what she wants, leaving Sarah fearful for the millions of lives at stake. Letters that could change their lives forever. As they embark on a secret operation through Lisbon, they must tread carefully to avoid the clutches of the Nazis. But will they make it out alive, together? Or is the enemy closer than they realise?
The Last Letter from London is the 3rd novel in a series by Pam Lecky. I personally hadn't read the others in the series (I'm not sure why if I'm honest...!) but it is easily read and understood as a standalone.
This installment sees Sarah Gillespie, MI5 agent responsible for Adeline Vernier, a mysterious double agent from Paris. From the beginning we know that Adeline is a double agent who M15 are keen to use to their advantage.
Sarah is never quite sure if she can trust her though, and its easy to understand why. Adeline is spoilt, petulant and above all, secretive. But Sarah knows that she must work with Adeline in order to gain the respect of her superiors.
Sarah is good at her job, and keen for more recognition, perhaps even promotion.
Adeline wants her boyfriend to be released from Nazi occupied France. Sarah makes no explicit promises, just does what she has to to get Adeline to agree to what MI5 want from her. When Sarah makes a discovery that could jeopardise Adeline's already questionable loyalty to Britain, she decides to keep it to herself.
Backed by her superiors, Sarah shouldn't question her own judgement. But she can't help it where Adeline is concerned. Her character is such that she makes Sarah question her very existence sometimes...
I can't really say much more, as I don't want to give anything away.
The Last Letter from London is an enjoyable historical fiction novel and I wouldn't hesitate to pick up the others in the series.
The Last Letter from London is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.
Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.