Sunday, 27 December 2015
Tightrope (Marian Sutro #2) by Simon Mawer
An historical thriller that brings back Marian Sutro, ex-Special Operations agent, and traces her romantic and political exploits in post-World War II London, where the Cold War is about to reshape old loyalties
As Allied forces close in on Berlin in spring 1945, a solitary figure emerges from the wreckage that is Germany. It is Marian Sutro, whose existence was last known to her British controllers in autumn 1943 in Paris. One of a handful of surviving agents of the Special Operations Executive, she has withstood arrest, interrogation, incarceration, and the horrors of Ravensbrück concentration camp, but at what cost? Returned to an England she barely knows and a postwar world she doesn’t understand, Marian searches for something on which to ground the rest of her life. Family and friends surround her, but she is haunted by her experiences and by the guilt of knowing that her contribution to the war effort helped lead to the monstrosities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. When the mysterious Major Fawley, the man who hijacked her wartime mission to Paris, emerges from the shadows to draw her into the ambiguities and uncertainties of the Cold War, she sees a way to make amends for the past and at the same time to find the identity that has never been hers.
A novel of divided loyalties and mixed motives, Tightrope is the complex and enigmatic story of a woman whose search for personal identity and fulfillment leads her to shocking choices.
My thanks to the Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review. gave this 5 stars or 10/10.
When I chose this story on NetGalley I didn't realise that it was the second in a series about a character known as Marian Sutro. The frst in the series is called The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, I found that not having read it in no way impaired my enjoyment or understanding of this one.
It's a while since I finished this one now, but I really enjoyed it at the time. The story reminded me in some ways of a film set around WWII called Odette which was based on the life of Odette Sansom a WWII spy.
Tightrope continues on the story of Marian Sutro as WWII is drawing to a close and Marian is trying to settle back into some normality, however she is soon drawn back into a life of espionage in the Cold War era that followed. Told as a dual time frame story from the perspective that Marian is reminiscing about her past to a family friend.
Well written this story drew me in and took me on a journey with Marian as she got mixed up in a life of discovery as she found herself embroiled in the life of a spy once again. Not knowing who to trust, what to believe and what to do about certain situations that she found herself in.