When Marie Mitchell is forced to flee the United States after defending her family against a mysterious intruder she decides it’s finally time to come clean about her past as an FBI agent and the role she played in a complex Cold War era intelligence operation in Burkina Faso. She does so through a series of journal entries intended for her twin sons that serve as the novel’s framing device for a story of love, intrigue, identity, conflicting allegiances, and international adventure.
A spy thriller with heart. This novel doesn’t move with the sharp march of a Frederick Forsyth or Robert Ludlum thriller, nor is it plodding and trite like so much contemporary literary fiction. Instead, it’s a well-paced story with sincere characterization and trenchant psychological insight into the inconsonant mind. I enjoyed it.