Returned to an England she barely knows and a postwar world she doesn't understand, Marian searches for something on which to ground her life. Family and friends surround her, and a RAF officer attempts to bring her the normality of love and affection, but she is haunted by the guilt of knowing that her contribution to the war helped to develop the atom bomb. Where, in the complexities of peacetime, does her loyalty lie?
©2015 Simon Mawer (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
Excellent story about post war life and it's difficulties for normality when spies return from undercover activities. More engrossing as main character is female.
"Excellent sequel to The Girl Who Fell From The Sky"
Being able to pick up Marian Sutro's story from where the previous book finished. I Like Simon Mawer's writing style his characters are believable and it is interesting as the plot moves from the end of WW2 to the early part of the Cold War
Marian Sutro,she is a survivor, hardened by her SOE training & working undercover in France, her experience of prison,the Gestapo & the concentration camps.She remains true to herself, clinging to the wreckage of what's left of her personality, trying to do what she thinks is right and using what she has been taught to achieve this. I suspect many of the SOE agents returned psychologically scarred by their experiences, not all were feted, Simon Mawer has done a good job of showing what it was like for just one of them.
Marian leaving the cottage in the middle of the night, with the intent of killing herself, to put an end to the suffering caused by her experiences.
Listen to The Girl Who Fell From The Sky before listening to Tightrope. They are both excellent books.
"On the fence about a sequel that didn't need writing?"
I know what other reviewers meant about the narration. Truly grating...the inflexions at the end of sentences was pretty irritating. Not one I could listen to for long periods. His voice changed the compelling heroine of Girl who Fell from the Sky into a simpering floosie...
Overall, it was one way to wrap up the life of Marian but a bit disappointing, for her as much as me! I almost wish I hadn't picked it up.
"Great book, irritating narrator"
Would have been right up there for Simon Mawer's writing, but the narration let it down
Too many to list
The narrator nearly lost me at the beginning with his pronunciation of Vevey (Vee-vee) but I stuck with him...unfortunately it didn't improve. Worst of all was his whispery voice for Marian. I understand he had to make a distinction between her and the other (mainly male) characters, but whispery is sooooo not Marian - she's feisty, courageous and confident in her own considerable abilities
I bought this as I loved Simon Mawer's The Girl who Fell from the Sky, and wanted to see what happened to Marian. His writing and characterisation are superb, just a pity they didn't stick with the same narrator for Tightrope
"Could have been better"
Who decided that Gordon Griffin should read this story? His ancient creaking voice with its infuriating upwards inflexions towards the end of sentences drove me mad.
I'm afraid it coloured the whole experience of this book and I couldn't wait for it to end and for him to shut up. Shouldn't it have been read by a woman anyway?
Pretty sure I would have enjoyed the story more on the page! Anything would have been better than listening to him.
Will definitely avoid GG as narrator in the future. Do authors have any say in who reads their work, I wonder?
"A good war story"
A good female spy story. Quite exciting. I did get a bit confused with first person and third person sometimes though.
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