Restless by William Boyd

About the book

It is 1939. Eva Delectorskaya is a beautiful 28-year-old Russian emigree living in Paris. As war breaks out she is recruited for the British Secret Service by Lucas Romer, a mysterious Englishman, and under his tutelage she learns to become the perfect spy, to mask her emotions and trust no one, including those she loves most. Since the war, Eva has carefully rebuilt her life as a typically English wife and mother. But once a spy, always a spy. Now she must complete one final assignment, and this time Eva can’t do it alone: she needs her daughter’s help.

Reviewed by Kings Somborne Reading Group:

Fascinating insight into wartime spying. credible female characters and relationship between mother and daughter. Gripping, enjoyable, well-written thriller, atmospheric. Particularly enjoyed the Scottish scenes.

Star rating: ***

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3 thoughts on “Restless by William Boyd”

  1. Review by Enjoying Books
    We all enjoyed this story – both the part set in spy-ridden Europe and the part set in our own time. The characters are so well drawn and the story gathers momentum and draws you in. Exciting.
    Star rating: ***+

  2. Review by The Benches
    A contrived plot awkwardly presented with alternating mother/daughter chapters. The novel flows erratically with the action being in two different eras. This novel is not up to the standard of the author’s earlier books.
    Star rating: **

  3. Review by Happy Bookers
    We found this one a page turner. Well written and enjoyable.
    Star rating ***

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