Blurb (as on Goodreads):
She was his best-kept secret …
In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken from her in treason’s name. The woman is the keeper of the Kremlin’s most closely guarded secret. Long ago, the KGB inserted a mole into the heart of the West—a mole who stands on the doorstep of ultimate power.
Only one man can unravel the conspiracy: Gabriel Allon, the legendary art restorer and assassin who serves as the chief of Israel’s vaunted secret intelligence service. Gabriel has battled the dark forces of the new Russia before, at great personal cost. Now he and the Russians will engage in a final epic showdown, with the fate of the postwar global order hanging in the balance.
Gabriel is lured into the hunt for the traitor after his most important asset inside Russian intelligence is brutally assassinated while trying to defect in Vienna. His quest for the truth will lead him backward in time, to the twentieth century’s greatest act of treason, and, finally, to a spellbinding climax along the banks of the Potomac River outside Washington that will leave readers breathless.
I am not into spy novels much, but Daniel Silva has definitely got my attention. Set along the lines of a mysterious spy who could be the biggest mole ever, Gabriel Allon is back with another scary adventure.
“the world was not a dangerous place spinning rapidly out of control; it was a problem to be managed by men and women of competence and training.”
The Other Woman is a thriller that takes its time to unfold. It sounds very authentic and messy but that’s what the spy world is. The plot has been thoroughly exciting and there are so many bombs that keep diffusing here and there. The writing is mysterious with dialogues kept to the bare minimum.
Secrecy is maintained throughout the book leading to an action-filled showdown. The plot is mostly lead by smart minds from the Russian, British and Israeli intelligence services. Each chapter brings a new dimension to the plot, never a dull moment.
The Other Woman is yet another masterpiece by Daniel Silva- A page-turner and definitely kept me on my tows all the way.
** A huge thanks to HarperCollins for the review copy. All opinions are my own**