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“I am Eva Delectorskaya” Sally Gilmartin announces and so on a warm summer afternoon in her daughter Ruth learns that everything she ever knew about her mother was a carefully constructed lie Sally Gilmartin is a respectable English widow living in picturesue Cotswold village Eva Delectorskaya was a rigorously trained World War II spy a woman who carried fake passports and retreated to secret safe houses a woman taught to lie and deceive and above all to William Boyd goes all John John le Carr and has written a pretty good spy thriller that felt like reading a movie with it s fast paced tense narrative and moments that were utterly grippingCentral to the story is Eva Delectorskaya the daughter of a Russian family in 1930s Paris After mourning her brother s death she is approached wooed to attraction by the dapper Lucas Romer who wants her to leave her shipping company to work for his mysterious British organisation against the Nazi threat He convinces her with the revelation that her brother worked for him and died in the line of dutyTrained in espionage techniues to become a top spy in one of the most successful sections she is put work in Romer s London agency using a sophisticated network to feed false stories into the news networks in the hope of damaging enemy confidence she no doubt is playing a dangerous game risking her life for ueen and country Eventually Eva is moved to New York where Romer s team uses similar propagandist means to convince America to join Britain in the war and it s here where things turn sour when sent to New MexicoCleverly done Boyd is telling this story through the daughter of Eva Ruth who has her own story also in 1970 s Oxfordshire involving student politics and the Baader Meinhof gang When her indomitable widowed mother starts worrying her life is in danger she enlists the radical single mum Ruth to help in a potentially dangerous mission but digging around in the past is never a good idea Although a solid enough read Boyd seems a decent storyteller but it s certainly nothing new and this territory has been covered to far greater effect by other writers The easy to read page turning nature may have been welcoming to some but I was hoping for something deeper and darker which it didn t really deliver on a good satisfying ending was my high point And the fact it won a Costa novel award shows it s limitations

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Work in New York City manipulating the press in order to shift public sentiment toward American involvement in the war and her dangerous romantic entanglement Now Sally wants to find the man who recruited her for the secret service and she needs Ruth’s help Restless is a brilliant espionage book and a vivid portrait of the life of a female spy Full of tension and drama and based on a remarkable chapter of Anglo American history this is fiction at its fines I read this because I enjoyed Any Human Heart so much I don t normally read tales of wartime espionage Nevertheless I enjoyed itThe story alternates between the wartime life of Eva recruited as a spy and 30 years later when she tells her adult daughter about it There are also subplots relating to the daughter s life though I think the book would have been better without them Eva s story is exciting enough without trying to draw weak parallels a generation later I found it a compelling readI opens with a vivid description of bucolic 1970s England which contrasts with later wartime scenes A major tactic was planting misinformation in minor publications and hoping the bigger ones would pick it up gaining authenticity with each republication rather as happens with urban legends on the internet todayThe fear complexity and psychological aspects of living a duplicitous life are captured authentically or so it seemed to me you look at the world differently never relax and never trust anyone However the voice of the 5 year old grandson was not at all authentic with a few exceptions near the endOverall a fascinating and enjoyable read albeit imperfectMiscellaneous uotes A dilapidated house giving up its parched ghost to entropy Massive black green yews that seemed to drink the light of day Scotland There lingered in the landscape a memory of many winters hardship I felt like a house shaken by some nearby explosion tiles had fallen there was a thick cloud of dust windows had blown in Intelligence wasn t neutral if it was believed or even half believed then everything began subtly to change as a result the ripple effect could have conseuences no one could foresee Sometimes it amazed Eva how fluently and spontaneously she could lie Think everyone is lying to you all the time Romer said it s probably the safest way to proceeed The guileless child was already beginning to develop the opacities of the growing boy where veils of ignorance and unknown exist even between the people you were closest to

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Never trust anyoneThree decades later the secrets of Sally’s past still haunt her Someone is trying to kill her and at last she has decided to trust Ruth with her story Ruth meanwhile is struggling to make sense of her own life as a young single mother with an unfinished graduate degree and escalating dependence on alcohol She is drawn deeper and deeper into the astonishing events of her mother’s past the mysterious death of Eva’s beloved brother her Tag me as a Boyd fan There aren t many male writers who can genuinely pull off the voice of a woman but in his case he did that twice Here we have a young ish single mother who works as a language tutor to professionals who ve arrived extremely capable in their professional pursuits but who can barely speak a word of the ueen s tongue She s also procrastinating on a thesis at Oxford but between hosting uninvited international house guests suddenly being courted by one of her students and worrying that her mother might be suffering from early dementia her plate is than fullHer aging mother has been acting a bit paranoid as of late but when our language tutor arrives at her mom s house to drop off her little boy for their weekly overnight visit things are really weird Her mother is in a wheelchair is in process of getting a gun licence and most oddly of all declares that her identity is false and has been for 40 some yearsThus fires off two sets of intrigue we read about the supposed past of a 65 year old who claims to have been a spy during World War II and who s been in hiding ever since There is intrigue in her recruiting the spycraft techniue and the most enlightening her efforts in writing fake news to be used to manipulate governmentsI love spy novels complex female characters and uirky lives but to read that reporters fabricated articles to prompt outrage or worry certainly hit home Boyd manaaged to not only grab my attention but made things entirely believable and relatable The only reason this didn t garner a five star rating from me is that it rather fell off a cliff for me at the ending it just stopped There were other little threads I d have liked to see tied up and that rather makes me think there ll be a seuel or preuel Or not Boyd has me guessing and I like it


10 thoughts on “Restless

  1. says:

    This is a compelling smart and literate thriller It is both a page turner and a profound meditation on identity on what we think we know about others and ourselves The flashback sections were definitely the strength of the book but a

  2. says:

    William Boyd goes all John John le Carré and has written a pretty good spy thriller that felt like reading a movie with it's fast paced tense narrative and moments that were utterly grippingCentral to the story is Eva Delectorskaya the daug

  3. says:

    i just about stayed with this to the end but for a good writer like william boyd i found it underwhelmingthe characters are very thin and a lot of them pointless the plot creaks like a House of Horror film door and most of the writing is clich

  4. says:

    I've just posted all the William Boyd books on my bookshelf I started reading him about five years ago Armadillo set in London and over time I occasionally bought and read others Lately after I read Brazzaville Beach I realised with surprise that I had now read all nine of his novels and that's all until he writes anotherHe creates wonderful characters in rich geographical settings and plots often told within a twentieth century historic

  5. says:

    Restless by Wlliam Boyd is a very enjoyable WWII Spy Story and as you'd expect from Boyd brilliantly written It's such a nice chang

  6. says:

    Tag me as a Boyd fan There aren't many male writers who can genuinely pull off the voice of a woman but in his case he did that twice Here we have a young ish single mother who works as a language tutor to professionals who've arrived extremely capable in their professional pursuits but who can barely speak a word of the ueen's tongue She's also procrastinating on a thesis at Oxford but between hosting uninvited inter

  7. says:

    I read this because I enjoyed Any Human Heart so much; I don't normally read tales of wartime espionage Nevertheless I enjoyed itThe story alternates between the wartime life of Eva recruited as a spy and 30 years later when she tells her adult daughter about it There are also subplots relating to the daughter'

  8. says:

    A rare spy novel I saw recommended and recommend myself for its well drawn fascinating female protagonist Eva and her daughter Ruth the other

  9. says:

    William Boyd born 1952 is a Scottish novelist and screenwriter In 1983 he was one of the 20 ‘Best of Young British Novelist’ in

  10. says:

    35 stars reallyFairly competent world war two spy thriller which goes along at a good pace without taxing the brain too much not a bad thing as I'm also immersed in Proust and Gass at the moment Set in 1976 with fl

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