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Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd

Waiting for Sunrise (2012)

by William Boyd

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Boyd writes well, no denying that. But the story started off as a very strange involvement with the protaganist's psychotherapy that ultimately seemed irrelevant to the novel's plot. The main character's entanglement in espionage derailed the story for me when the story became vicious. There was no upside to continue reading. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jun 28, 2018 |
A fantastic spy novel that kept me tied up to the end.
Lysander Rief, a young English actor, spends some time in Vienna, to be cured by psychiatric help. He gets to know Hettie and joins in an adventure with her. Hettie is a restless person. She becomes pregnant and accuses Lysander. He has to flee Vienna, but he succeeds only with the help of the British secret service. He is now in their clutches and must, in order to pay off his 'debts', fulfill various missions for them. Not only does he put himself at risk, but he also has to discover that his mother plays no inglorious role in the network of espionage.
The story is very varied and exciting. It leads you through the turmoil of WWI. ( )
  Ameise1 | Apr 30, 2018 |
An exciting, well researched, well written espionage thriller set in Vienna and London (mostly). The vagaries of human motivation and behaviour stay with the reader after the story ends. There is a denouement at the end, but is it the full picture?
William Boyd is a favourite of mine. In this book, he's done a good job of recreating the early years of World War I.
  ivanfranko | Apr 17, 2018 |
1913 — Vienna — London
caught up in spy intrigue — battlefields of France — questions?

Vienna. 1913. It is a fine day in August when Lysander Rief, a young English actor, walks through the city to his first appointment with the eminent psychiatrist, Dr. Bensimon. Sitting in the waiting room he is anxiously pondering the nature of his problem when an extraordinary woman enters. She is clearly in distress, but Lysander is immediately drawn to her strange, hazel eyes and her unusual, intense beauty.
  christinejoseph | Oct 7, 2017 |
I so wanted to like this book but for me the whole thing just dragged. I had a very hard time finishing it because of the lack of movement in the story. From time to time there would be a glimmer of something great but then it would go back to a slow crawl. ( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
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It is a clear and dazzling summer's day in Vienna.
Maybe this is what life is like -- we try to see clearly but what we see is never clear and is never going to be.  The more we strive the murkier it becomes.  All we are left with are approximations, nuances, multitudes of plausible explanations. Take your pick. (p. 345)
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Vienna, 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor in town seeking psychotherapy, is caught up in a feverish affair with a beautiful, enigmatic woman—until she goes to the police to press charges of rape. Only a frenzied getaway plotted by two mysterious British diplomats saves him from trial. But after Lysander returns to a London on the cusp of war, the traumatic ordeal haunts him at every turn. The men who coordinated his escape recruit him to carry out a brutal murder. His lover shows up at a party, ready to resume their liaison. Suddenly plunged into the dangerous theater of wartime intelligence—a murky world of sex, scandal, and spies—Lysander must unravel a secret that threatens Britain's safety.
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Wrongly accused of rape, Lysander Rief, a young English actor, finds his life taking a dangerous turn when the men who help him escape a conviction recruit him for a lethal mission that leads him to a traitor who is linked to his family.

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