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Northern Spy: A Novel by Flynn Berry
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Northern Spy: A Novel (edition 2021)

by Flynn Berry (Author)

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Fiction. Literature. Thriller. HTML:Reese‚??s Book Club Pick
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‚??If you love a mystery, then you‚??ll devour [Northern Spy] . . . I loved this thrill ride of a book.‚?Ě‚??Reese Witherspoon
‚??A chilling, gorgeously written tale . . . Berry keeps the tension almost unbearably high.‚?Ě ‚??The New York Times Book Review
The acclaimed author of Under the Harrow and A Double Life returns with her most riveting novel to date: the story of two sisters who become entangled with the IRA

A producer at the BBC and mother to a new baby, Tessa is at work in Belfast one day when the news of another raid comes on the air. The IRA may have gone underground in the two decades since the Good Friday Agreement, but they never really went away, and lately bomb threats, security checkpoints, and helicopters floating ominously over the city have become features of everyday life. As the news reporter requests the public's help in locating those responsible for the robbery, security footage reveals Tessa's sister, Marian, pulling a black ski mask over her face.
The police believe Marian has joined the IRA, but Tessa is convinced she must have been abducted or coerced; the sisters have always opposed the violence enacted in the name of uniting Ireland. And besides, Marian is vacationing on the north coast. Tessa just spoke to her yesterday.
When the truth about Marian comes to light, Tessa is faced with impossible choices that will test the limits of her ideals, the bonds of her family, her notions of right and wrong, and her identity as a sister and a mother. Walking an increasingly perilous road, she wants nothing more than to protect the one person she loves more fiercely than her sister: her infant son, Finn.
Riveting, atmospheric, and exquisitely written, Northern Spy is at once a heart-pounding story of the contemporary IRA and a moving portrait of sister- and motherhood, and of life in a
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Title:Northern Spy: A Novel
Authors:Flynn Berry (Author)
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Set in Northern Ireland where the IRA is both underground and active, this is a tale of two sisters who become entangled with the IRA. The focus is on Tessa, who is a BBC producer and single mother, who is initially shocked to discover that her sister Marian is both in the IRA and an informant. As the story progresses, Tessa also becomes involved with both activities, helping the IRA on one hand and informing an MI5 agent on the other. Tessa is driven to these conflicted behavior by her need to protect her young son and wanting a better future for him. Overall, this is a great read and highly recommended. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Mar 23, 2024 |
I enjoyed this story. It was different than most spy books, and left me wondering how true to life it was. But then, are any of those spy books true to life, lol? ( )
  joyjannotti | Jan 22, 2024 |
Really good and interesting ( )
  hellokirsti | Jan 3, 2024 |
Ein bewaffneter √úberfall ist in Nordirland nichts Ungew√∂hnliches. Doch als die Journalistin Tessa die Aufnahmen des Vorfalls sieht, traut sie ihren Augen kaum: einer der T√§ter ist ihre Schwester Marian. Das kann nicht sein. Die Rettungssanit√§terin k√§mpft f√ľr Menschenleben und w√ľrde sie nie riskieren. Und schon gar nicht ist sie Mitglied der IRA. Doch Tessa muss erkennen, dass sie nur eine Seite von Marian kannte und diese ihr eine andere offenbar √ľber Jahre erfolgreich verschwiegen hat. Die junge Mutter wird vor eine schwere Entscheidung zwischen Familie und Idealen gestellt, die sie und ihren Sohn in gr√∂√üte Gefahr bringen.

F√ľr ihren Deb√ľtroman wurde die amerikanische Autorin Flynn Berry mit dem Edgar Award ausgezeichnet, dem bedeutendsten Preis f√ľr Kriminalromane. ‚ÄěNorthern Spy‚Äú ist ihr dritter Roman, der geschickt die politische Lage in Nordirland mit der pers√∂nlichen Geschichte der zwei Schwestern verbindet.

Niemand ist unpolitisch in Nordirland. Selbst wenn man sich nicht positionieren will, hat man doch gewisse Pubs, die man besucht, und ein Umfeld, dass klar der einen oder anderen Seite zuzuordnen ist. Neutralit√§t gibt es nicht, auch wenn Tessa und ihre Familie das lange Zeit glauben. Mit dem √úberfall und der zweifelsfreien Zuordnung von Marian zur IRA scheinen sowieso alle Fragen beantwortet. Auch die Folgen bekommen Tessa und ihre Mutter unmittelbar zu sp√ľren, nicht nur die Befragung durch die Polizei, sondern auch die beruflichen Konsequenzen, die sie f√ľr das Handeln Marians tragen m√ľssen, lassen sie f√ľr das Handeln Marians bezahlen.

Die Autorin bietet einige Überraschungen, die jedoch immer auch einen Funken Zweifel mit sich schwingen lassen. Sagen die Figuren die Wahrheit oder spielen sie doch nur eine Rolle? Zwischen Freund und Feind, Agent und Doppelagent scheint lange alles möglich.

Ein spannungsreicher Krimi, der mehr auf der pers√∂nlichen Ebene als auf der politischen spielt. Der Konflikt zwischen den katholischen Nordiren und den englischen Besatzern liefert nur die Kulisse und wird durch das pers√∂nliche Schicksal √ľberlagert. Daher sicher kein politischer Roman, sondern eher einer, der psychologisch von den Figuren viel abverlangt. ( )
  miss.mesmerized | Feb 12, 2023 |
Set in 2018 in Northern Ireland, Tessa is a single mother to six-month-old Finn. She works as a producer at the Belfast arm of the BBC. When she sees her sister on camera, committing a robbery with the IRA, she assumes her sister was abducted. She is questioned by the police. She eventually must choose whether or not to get involved.

The premise of the story is that the IRA has gone underground but is still active despite the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. It explores how far we will go to protect family and whom to protect when we cannot protect everyone. As a story of family, difficult decisions, and suspenseful situations, it is effective. However, I do not think the author sets up the historical context very well. She immensely oversimplifies the issues involved in The Troubles. It would have made more sense to set the story in the 1970s - 1990s. It reads like an alternate history, which is, perhaps, the author’s intent, but it should be made clear to the reader.
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  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
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Fiction. Literature. Thriller. HTML:Reese‚??s Book Club Pick
Instant New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Book Review Top 10 Thriller of 2021
A Washington Post Top 10 Thriller or Mystery of 2021
 
‚??If you love a mystery, then you‚??ll devour [Northern Spy] . . . I loved this thrill ride of a book.‚?Ě‚??Reese Witherspoon
‚??A chilling, gorgeously written tale . . . Berry keeps the tension almost unbearably high.‚?Ě ‚??The New York Times Book Review
The acclaimed author of Under the Harrow and A Double Life returns with her most riveting novel to date: the story of two sisters who become entangled with the IRA

A producer at the BBC and mother to a new baby, Tessa is at work in Belfast one day when the news of another raid comes on the air. The IRA may have gone underground in the two decades since the Good Friday Agreement, but they never really went away, and lately bomb threats, security checkpoints, and helicopters floating ominously over the city have become features of everyday life. As the news reporter requests the public's help in locating those responsible for the robbery, security footage reveals Tessa's sister, Marian, pulling a black ski mask over her face.
The police believe Marian has joined the IRA, but Tessa is convinced she must have been abducted or coerced; the sisters have always opposed the violence enacted in the name of uniting Ireland. And besides, Marian is vacationing on the north coast. Tessa just spoke to her yesterday.
When the truth about Marian comes to light, Tessa is faced with impossible choices that will test the limits of her ideals, the bonds of her family, her notions of right and wrong, and her identity as a sister and a mother. Walking an increasingly perilous road, she wants nothing more than to protect the one person she loves more fiercely than her sister: her infant son, Finn.
Riveting, atmospheric, and exquisitely written, Northern Spy is at once a heart-pounding story of the contemporary IRA and a moving portrait of sister- and motherhood, and of life in a

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amazon ca : The acclaimed author of Under the Harrow and A Double Life returns with her most riveting novel to date: the story of two sisters who become entangled with the IRA

A producer at the BBC and mother to a new baby, Tessa is at work in Belfast one day when the news of another raid comes on the air. The IRA may have gone underground in the two decades since the Good Friday Agreement, but they never really went away, and lately bomb threats, security checkpoints, and helicopters floating ominously over the city have become features of everyday life. As the news reporter requests the public''s help in locating those responsible for the robbery, security footage reveals Tessa''s sister, Marian, pulling a black ski mask over her face.

The police believe Marian has joined the IRA, but Tessa is convinced she must have been abducted or coerced; the sisters have always opposed the violence enacted in the name of uniting Ireland. And besides, Marian is vacationing on the north coast. Tessa just spoke to her yesterday.

When the truth about Marian comes to light, Tessa is faced with impossible choices that will test the limits of her ideals, the bonds of her family, her notions of right and wrong, and her identity as a sister and a mother. Walking an increasingly perilous road, she wants nothing more than to protect the one person she loves more fiercely than her sister: her infant son, Finn.

Riveting, atmospheric, and exquisitely written, Northern Spy is at once a heart-pounding story of the contemporary IRA and a moving portrait of sister- and motherhood, and of life in a deeply divided society
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