Part spy thriller, part historical fiction and entirely engrossing, Kate Atkinson’s latest novel focusses on Juliet, a young secretary who transcribes audio surveillance for MI5 during WWII. As she listens to the secret conversations of ordinary British subjects who are betraying their country to the Nazis, she becomes entangled in a deeper mystery, one that seeps into her life after the war. As always, Atkinson has an eye for period details and builds complex, likable characters. If you liked her first foray into historical drama, “Life after Life”, I anticipate you will also enjoy this one.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)