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About The Paris Agent:
For fans of fast-paced historical thrillers like Our Woman in Moscow and The Rose Code, Kelly Rimmer’s dramatic new novel follows two female SOE operatives whose lives will be determined by a double agent in their midst.
Twenty-five years after the end of the war, Noah Ainsworth is still preoccupied with those perilous, exhilarating years as a British SOE operative in France. A head injury sustained on his final operation has caused frustrating gaps in his memory—in particular about the agent who saved his life during that mission gone wrong, whose real name he never knew, nor whether she even survived the war.
Moved by her father’s frustration, Noah’s daughter Charlotte begins a search for answers that resurrects the stories of Chloe and Fleur, the code names for two otherwise ordinary women whose lives intersect in 1943 when they’re called up by the SOE for deployment in France. Taking enormous risks to support the allied troops with very little information or resources, the women have no idea they’re at the mercy of a double agent among them who’s causing chaos within the French circuits, whose efforts will affect the outcome of their lives…and the war.
But as Charlotte’s search for answers bears fruit, overlooked clues come to light about the identity of the double agent—with unsettling hints pointing close to home—and more shocking events are unearthed from the dangerous, dramatic last days of the war that lead to Chloe and Fleur’s eventual fates.
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About The Author:
Kelly Rimmer is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels, including The Secret Daughter and The Things We Cannot Say. Her books have sold more than one million copies, and have been translated into more than 20 languages worldwide. Kelly lives in rural Australia with her family and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil.
As much as I keep saying I am not going to read any more WWII books I end up reading more WWII books. It seems that it is the topic du jour these days. Perhaps if enough is written we truly will learn from that awful history and not repeat it….but sadly I do not think we ever learn from history.
This book is different in that instead of focusing on the War so much it dials down on individuals and that made for very compelling reading. Ms. Rimmer draws her characters very well and once you get to know them you are very invested in their lives.
Here the story exists in two timelines – the present of the book and War. After a head injury on his last mission, Noah Ainsworth has gaps in his memory from his time working for the SOE. He wants to thank an agent who helped him and his daughter seeks to find the woman but what she finds is far more than either one of them bargained for.
A truly fast paced and page turning book full of fascinating characters. I read this in two afternoons and was sorry I had to take the break in between. It’s not a story you will long forget. While much bad happened during that wretched war, some good did as well.