Surely the best spy novel I have read in years.
How can Kate Henderson take the intel seriously that the British Prime Minister has cancer, and that one of the contenders to replace him has Russian connections? And that there is a mole in British Intelligence. Of course she suspects Russian devious misinformation, but, as a senior MI6 officer, she needs to act because the ensuing political race to replace the PM becomes a reality when the incumbent shockingly announces his retirement. Who can she trust? Her boss, best-school friends with the Foreign Secretary who leads the race? The antagonistic Russian head-of-department?
Kate juggles her exacting job with family life which includes her two sulky teenage children and her busy husband who works for the attractive Minister of Education who is also a runner in the PM replacement race.
The clock ticks. She has to investigate the contenders without upsetting the political sensitivities or her superiors who are also under suspicion, whereas she herself is also not only under surveillance as the possible mole, but a target for elimination by the Russians as she edges closer to the truth.
The backstory to the characters is convincing, the tension is drum-tight and the plot is embedded in today’s news. The suspects all remain valid until the last twist. Excellent, indeed.
Thank you to Penguin Random House, South Africa for this Bantam Press Imprint ARC for which I tender this honest review.