Given Charlotte Philby’s background — she is the granddaughter of the KGB agent Kim — one might expect this to be a spy novel, and there are traces of that. Yet this tale of a life spinning out of control is closer to Patricia Highsmith territory. Gabriela is a counterterror specialist who stumbles into a conspiracy, while journalist Isobel investigates after seeing a woman attacked on Hampstead Heath. What links the two women? Subterfuge, paranoia and chills galore.

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Book festivals 2021

By , 19th August 2021
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From a celebration of the life of John le Carré at Cheltenham to an exploration of women and crime in Chiswick, please join me at one of the following events, across the country (and the internet!)