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The Spy's Wife (1980)

by Reginald Hill

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An audio review. This unabridged book was beautifully narrated, but the reader had plenty of good material to work with. She really brought to life the characters of Molly, her staid mother and father, her former boyfriend Trevor, the reporter who is trying to scoop the story of the spy who betrayed his country, and Aspinall and Monk, the British agents who are trying to track her husband down.

The story has plenty of twists and turns. I thought it was perhaps a bit dated, coming from a period when British writers were reflecting a national preoccupation with Cold War politics, spies, and double agents. Hill has focussed on this in some of his other books: Traitor's Blood (1983); DEATH OF A DORMOUSE (1987, writing as Patrick Ruell); and THERE ARE NO GHOSTS IN THE SOVIET UNION (a set of short stories published in 1987).

By mid way through the novel I had some inkling of how Molly's dilemma might resolve itself, but did not stop me from enjoying what was basically a good reading of a well plotted book. ( )
  smik | Feb 5, 2010 |
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At nine o'clock on an early September day of mist and promise, Molly Keatley was washing the breakfast dishes when she heard the front door open.
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Molly Keatley is deeply contented with her life, her loving husband, her comfortable home in an attractive London suburb. Things are so pleasant, in fact, that they’re ever so slightly boring, but that changes abruptly one bright September morning, when her husband comes rushing home, mutters a hasty, unexplained apology . . . and disappears. Minutes later, two strange men arrive with news that her husband is in fact a Soviet spy, and that the sleepy joys of her marriage have acted as a cover for years of personal and public betrayal. Her husband, it appears, has spent nearly a decade using her for his own purposes, and now the British intelligence service want to use her for theirs. It would be so easy to give in, to back away from the conspiracies and intrigues that suddenly loom in front of her. But the shock of Sam’s betrayal has woken Molly out of her long, complacent dream, and she is no longer prepared to be anybody’s pawn.

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A happily married English woman learns upon her husband's disappearance that the man with whom she has shared her life is in fact a Soviet spy. The British intelligence service wants Molly Keatley to help them. It would be easy for her to walk away from the conspiracies and intrigues that lie ahead, but Sam's betrayal has brought Molly to the conclusion that she no longer will be manipulated by anyone.… (more)

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