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Summary

Stella Rimmington meets State of Play in this smart political thriller for a new generation of Le Carré fans.

Secrets

Belfast, 1991.

Maire Anne McCartney is recruited for a one-off IRA mission as a honey trap. She is told there will be no violence. But she has been lied to. To save herself, 18-year-old Maire must flee across the border alone and start a new life.

State

London, present day.

Human rights lawyer Anne-Marie Gallagher is appointed Minister of State for Security and Immigration. At the same time, the police in Belfast receive an anonymous tip-off. The password is verified from the Troubles - and the coordinates lead DCI Jon Carne to a field. And a body.

Betrayal

The new Minister receives a message and realises that the new life she has crafted is at risk of being uncovered. And when Carne's investigation brings Anne-Marie to his attention, she must decide where her allegiances lie....

©2017 Simon Berthon (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great storyline which moved from the present to the past with ease, gradually releasing the backstory. It kept me hooked all the way through. There were some good twists at the end which meant a certain amount of mental gymnastics but it was all believable. At the end it made me go back and thing about the story again but this time with the hindsight of the twists and turns.

Really enjoyed listening to this and the narrator did a great job with characters and accents.

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Excellently performed book

Would you consider the audio edition of Woman of State to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version.

Would you recommend Woman of State to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. Interesting perspective on the Troubles, good narrative.

What does Emma Gregory bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Her performance was first class. I thought that she captured the voices of the main protagonists perfectly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Quite possibly if one had time.

Any additional comments?

The book is carried by the performance, and by its structure. The narrative is compelling. The reason that I've only given three stars is because of the final section, which I fund rushed (in comparison to the rest of the book) and unsatisfactory. It felt as if the author had put a lot of time and effort and research into 85% of the novel, and had then got fed up with it. The reader deserves a more thoughtful end!