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Exposure by Helen Dunmore
  

Exposure

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February 2016 Book of the Month.

A wonderfully tense and arresting Cold War relationship tale, stuffed full to the brim with suspense. Set in 1960, couple Lily and Simon become caught in an unbelievably powerful web of lies. Normal everyday life intermingles with the hidden, and secrets are set to be exposed as the story slips with subtlety along the edge of an uncertain path. Some of the characters are not necessarily likeable, others are positively loathsome, but they all feel so very real. Helen Dunmore handles the intrigue with a masterly hand, hints and suggestions slither and slide through the story, creating uneasiness and suspicion. It is the small but not insignificant things that really bring this tale to life, the descriptions and the feelings create a vibrant ring of truth. ‘Exposure’ is an evocative, thrilling tale that I recommend setting aside some quality time for, once I started reading, I simply didn't want to stop. ~ Liz Robinson

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Reader Reviews

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  • Sue Broom - 'Lily is one of Helen Dunmore’s most vivid and endearing creations.  I loved everything about this book - a great start to the 2016 reading year.'
  • Katrina Oliver - 'A fascinating and thrilling story of the life of those involved in spying for the Russians during the Cold War in Britain. Highly recommended!'
  • Gavin Dimmock - 'All in all, this was a satisfying read and, with several of her books on my shelves, this won’t be my last exposure to the works of Helen Dunmore.'
  • Elaine Lowe - 'Helen Dunmore has successfully captured a true feeling of the 1960's in this intriguing novel...beautifully written.'
  • Sarah Musk - 'A beautifully written book about the effect of betrayal and imprisonment on an ordinary family.  Helen Dunmore is always worth reading for interesting characters full of depth.'
  • Lorraine Blencoe - 'an absorbing and finely woven story that's typical of Helen Dunmore.... Looking forward to whatever this gifted writer comes up with next.'
  • Katrina Oliver - 'A fascinating and thrilling story of the life of those involved in spying for the Russians during the Cold War in Britain. Highly recommended!'
  • Sue Broom - 'Lily is one of Helen Dunmore’s most vivid and endearing creations.  I loved everything about this book - a great start to the 2016 reading year.'
  • Pam Kennedy - 'A very good read and an interesting story, I really enjoyed it.'
  • Karen McIntosh - 'Wonderfully tense thriller set in Cold War era London. A brilliant read.'
  • Sandra Rabiasz - 'Not just a Cold War tale of espionage but a beautifully observed story about love and betrayal.'
  • Jillian McFrederick - 'In her inimitable style Helen Dunmore tells the tale set in England during the Cold War...A great read.'
  • Sarah Jones - 'A great read and evocative of the period.'
  • Ray Orgill - 'An excellent read for the espionage fan.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'If you like books about elicit love and lies during war time then this book would be an excellent choice.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'a really good read.'
  • Deborah Mika - 'I enjoyed the ending of the novel and the twist.'
  • Allison Batten - 'Set in the Cold War in the 1960's it is well written and had great potential to be a page turning thriller. It just wasn't for me unfortunately!'

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Synopsis

Exposure by Helen Dunmore

London, November, 1960: the Cold War is at its height. Spy fever fills the newspapers, and the political establishment knows how and where to bury its secrets. When a highly sensitive file goes missing, Simon Callington is accused of passing information to the Soviets, and arrested. His wife, Lily, suspects that his imprisonment is part of a cover-up, and that more powerful men than Simon will do anything to prevent their own downfall. She knows that she too is in danger, and must fight to protect her children. But what she does not realise is that Simon has hidden vital truths about his past, and may be found guilty of another crime that carries with it an even greater penalty.

Reviews

'This book is a triumph - a marvellous piece of seamless storytelling. The characters are so persuasive, as is the period flavour, while the plot is masterly - I kept thinking I could see where we were going next, and then we didn't. This is an imaginative new take on the Cold War thriller, so convincingly told and peopled that you surface from it surprised to be back in 2015.' -- Penelope Lively

'Dunmore so cleverly interweaves each of the character's stories that as the tale unfolds it has the chilling ring of absolute authenticity. It's gripping and page turning and all those things you expect in a Spy Drama - but always laced with her trademark humanity. I was totally caught up in the story which is paced perfectly. Her best book yet.' -- Mavis Cheek

About the Author

Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore was the author of fourteen novels. Her first, Zennor in Darkness, explored the events which led to D H Lawrence’s expulsion from Cornwall (on suspicion of spying) during the First World War. It won the McKitterick Prize. Her third novel, A Spell of Winter, won the inaugural Orange Prize, now the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction. Her bestselling novel The Siege, set during the Siege of Leningrad, was described by Antony Beevor as ‘a world-class novel’ and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel of the Year and the Orange Prize.

Helen Dunmore’s work has been translated into more than thirty languages and she was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She died in June 2017.

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Book Info

Publication date

28th January 2016

Author

Helen Dunmore

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Publisher

Hutchinson an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Hardback
400 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Action Adventure / Spy
Books of the Month
Thriller / Suspense
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Espionage & spy thriller

ISBN

9780091953942

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