Elizabeth McCreary’s mother Lillian Frankl was a child of the Kindertransport – but she refuses to speak of the past. Determined to learn more, Elizabeth flies to Vienna at the start of a life-changing journey.
At home in London, her lawyer husband Anthony is facing disgrace. Vast sums have been siphoned off from his firm’s client account to support the far-right British Independent Party of which his father, William, is Treasurer. William’s close links with the Crediton Trust in Devon, a pharmaceutical company of prestige and power, are helping to make his political ambitions a reality. However, behind the big-business façade of Crediton lies a dark past rooted in Nazi Germany, of theft and the sinister use to which its drugs were put during World War Two.
For the McCrearys, one astounding revelation follows another. Nothing can ever be the same – and all roads lead inexorably back to Vienna.
This is an interesting spy thriller by John Steinberg that will definitely keep you guessing. The plot is well constructed and the author’s writing style draws the reader in right away. The thriller aspect of the story takes off immediately, filled with manipulative spies and intriguing plot twists. However, the characters could use some more development in my opinion. I do not feel they were fully fleshed out and I didn’t really connect with any of them. The romance between two of the characters really under-delivered and lacked emotion. It felt more like a manipulation than a romance to me. The main character Elizabeth, initially painted as naive and controlled by others, doesn’t really seem to change and grow in a meaningful way. Overall, I think this was a good thriller that did not deliver in other aspects of the book.
I received a free copy of this book from the publishers. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.
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