Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

About the book

The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. Britain is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism. Serena Frome, in her final year at Cambridge, is being groomed for MI5. Serena is sent on a secret mission – Operation Sweet Tooth – which brings her into the world of Tom Haley, a promising young writer. First she loves his stories, then she begins to love the man. Can she maintain the fiction of her undercover life? And who is inventing whom? To answer these questions, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage – trust no one.

 

Reviewed by Enjoying Books

Many of us are Ian McEwan fans and enjoyed his superb writing in this novel set in the seventies. Some found it self indulgent, others were hooked. Recommended.”

star rating *** ½

 

 

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The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming

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Hard-up Russia expert Dr Sam Gaddis finally has a lead for the book that could solve all his career problems. But the story of a lifetime becomes an obsession that could kill him.

When his source is found dead, Gaddis is alone on the trail of the Cold War’s deadliest secret: the undiscovered sixth member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring.

Suddenly threatened at every step and caught between two beautiful women, both with access to crucial evidence, Sam cannot trust anyone.

To get his life back, he must chase shadows through Europe’s corridors of power. But the bigger the lie, the more ruthlessly the truth is kept buried…

 

Reviewed by Wallington Village

An interesting idea. Easy to read, pacey and not too complicated. The first lead was gained far too easily. A bit of plot but lots of holes. The characters lost credibility

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