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June 1940: Berlin is being bombed. Clara Vine is an Anglo-German woman in a country that hates England.

The Propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, decides that Clara should adopt a new role as his spy, and so Clara must go to Paris. Clara realises this might be the chance to escape to England. But Goebbels has other ideas and soon Clara is drawn into a web that threatens to destroy her.

©2016 Thynker Ltd (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Just as Victoria Hislop turned the dark history of Crete's leper colonies into absorbing fiction, so Jane Thynne has done for Nazi Germany." (The Times)
"With a clutch of romantic complications thickening the plot, the pace is sprightly throughout [...] the result is an absorbing yarn that's a pleasure to wolf down." (Daily Mail)
"The perfect fusion of history, suspense and high romance." (The Times on Black Roses)

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  • shine-on2
  • 09-07-17

Gripping

I enjoy stories set during war time that still have an element of what actually happened in that time, and this did not disappoint. in fact it was interesting to have it told more from the German side. A gripping read!

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  • Lynn
  • 07-12-17

Fab!

Another triumph for Jane Thynne. Credible characters, great narration and fast moving pace. Hope it's not the last we hear of Clara!

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  • Vicuña
  • 02-06-18

Strong wartime drama; feels authentic

I wasn't aware that this book is fifth in a series. It certainly works well as a standalone story and there's sufficient back story to understand Clara Vine's mixed British/ German background.

The setting for this book moves around Europe; Berlin, Lisbon and France. Clara Vine, working as an actress, moves with the elite. High powered Nazis, the fugitive Windsors, en route to their exile in the Bahamas, Ian Fleming and others. Working as a double agent, she's challenged and her loyalties become divided.

This is a clever story, with a convincing mix of fact and fiction. It's fast paced with a sub plot centred on the Nazi program to rid Germany of feeble children and select (kidnap from Polish parents) children with specific Aryan traits. It's a frightening take, and part of history that's largely forgotten and ignored. I found much of the imagined detail very convincing, especially the story around the fleeing Edward and Wallis. What a despicable and shallow couple; they're particularly well portrayed.

Narration throughout was excellent. I was happy that there was no attempt at German accents; the characters still came across well. It's exciting, fast paced and with a few cliffhangers that kept me listening. I'll definitely try other books in the series.