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The Most Difficult Thing

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How do you know who’s on your side, if you don’t know whose side you’re on?

I thought it would really take something to kiss my children good-bye one morning and walk out the front door, knowing I wouldn’t be back. But in the end, it was simple. The door had already been opened; all I had to do was walk.”

David is the heir to global company TradeSmart, run by his philanthropic father, Clive Witherall.

Meg is an ambitious intern at a national newspaper, determined to break into the media world.

Anna is hiding a dark secret, desperately clinging on to her new identity.

When the three friends meet Harry, everything changes....

As Anna finds herself drawn into the dark and highly controlled world of espionage, she is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the people who have recruited her - and about herself. 

The Most Difficult Thing is an irresistible combination of contemporary espionage and domestic suspense, set between London, the Maldives and the Greek islands.

A stylish and assured debut from the granddaughter of Kim Philby, Britain’s most famous communist double-agent, it leaves the listener questioning whom they should trust, right to the very last minute.

©2019 Charlotte Philby (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Wendy
  • 08-18-19


I am left hoping that book 2 is ready to be published tomorrow, I want to know what happens next please and soon.

I had to be strict with myself so that I could make the book last for more than one listen. Once I got into this it was hard to put it down, although I had to turn it off a couple of times just to take stock of what was happening.

It was very easy to be pulled into liking the characters then falling out with some of them because of their double dealing, or conversely not being attracted to a character then having more sympathy with them.

Impatiently waiting to find out what happens next .......

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  • N
  • 08-07-19

Gripping, can't wait for more!

I had to stop occasionally to remember to breathe. An emotionally engaging spy novel ( for the want of a better term). I was transfixed by the lead characters experience and the anguish of how she got there. The pacing was great.
Can not wait for more!