In this gripping new work of suspense from the author of The Double Game, a young woman discovers a nefarious truth at the heart of the CIA's operations in postwar Berlin and goes on the run for her life; years later she's gruesomely murdered along with her husband, and her daughter begins to chase down these startling secrets from her past.West Berlin, 1979. Helen Abell oversees the CIA's network of safe houses, rare havens for field agents and case officers amidst the dangerous milieu of a city in the grips of the Cold War. Helen's world is upended when, during her routine inspection of an agency property, she overhears a meeting between two people unfamiliar to her speaking a coded language that hints at shadowy realities far beyond her comprehension. Before the day is out, she witnesses a second unauthorized encounter, one that will place her in the sightlines of the most ruthless and powerful man at the agency. Her attempts to expose the dark truths about what she has witnessed wi...
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Safe Houses Reviews
Full review to follow on tour date - 7/2
Good story. Not the best, but enjoyable.
Excellent spy novel with a timely #MeToo twist. Three women find themselves hunted by a mysterious man after one of them accidentally records a conversation she should never have heard, as well as interrupted an event of a sordid nature, and I don't want to disclose any other details so as not to ruin anyone's pleasure. The characters are strong and very resourceful women who help and support each other while dealing with the threats to their lives and freedom. The chapters move between the past ...more
I received a free copy of this book from Penguin First To Read.
Told in two parts, 1979 Berlin sees a woman working a mostly clerical CIA job struggling to break out of the box that her sex and her superiors attitude has placed her in. When she accidentally discovers two big secrets and has tapes to prove it, an adventure for her life begins. In the other part, we see the modern day aftermath of her death as her daughter works to figure out what happened and who her mother really was. A spy thri ...more
Story really never got going, very little suspense. Allowing for the primary setting being Berlin in 1979.
A gripping thriller which begins in late 1970s Berlin, where a young female CIA officer, Helen Abell, is responsible for managing the CIA's four safe houses in the city. One evening as she checks out one of the apartments, she is intrigued to overhear two men talking in code in the room below. These men were not authorised to use this safe house and Helen wonders who they are and exactly what they're talking about. Later that night, in the same building, she witnesses a sexual assault being comm ...more
This is my first espionage thriller story that I’ve read. I was gripped by it but found it slightly too long and I did get confused with all the agent names and code names!!
Set in 2 timelines, Berlin in 1979 where Helen looks after the safe houses. She finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time when she overhears a conversation that will put her life in danger.
In 2014 Helen and her husband are murdered, her daughter Anna strives to find out what her mother had been involved in all those ...more
Thank you so much Knopf for providing my free copy of SAFE HOUSES by Dan Fesperman - all opinions are my own.
This espionage thriller is told in dual timelines, alternating between 1979 and 2014. It starts off in postwar Berlin, where Helen Abell oversees safe houses for the CIA Network. One night she enters one of the houses and inadvertently stumbles across something horrible and has the tapes to prove it. Fast forward thirty five years to 2014 where there is an arrest for a double murder. Hele ...more