The Traitor’s Story by Kevin Wignall (Thriller/Suspense/Espionage)
If you like complex spy stories with lots of international intrigue, this book is for you. Finn Harrington is a former spy who’s been trying to go straight after making some spectacular mistakes in his espionage career and his personal life. But when a fifteen-year-old neighbor girl goes missing, her parents come to him for help, and he’s drawn back into the world of intrigue and violence that he thinks he has escaped. He soon discovers that her disappearance is linked to his tragic past, and he has never really made it out of that world. Now he must find and put an end to former enemies who would make him pay for his mistakes, or he — and those he cares about — will never be safe.
I chose this book because I had read Kevin Wignall’s A Death in Sweden and thoroughly enjoyed it. I found this book a little less satisfying and a little more confusing, but an interesting read, nonetheless. I didn’t always understand what was happening or why, but I knew that in the end it would all make sense, which it did. It’s not exactly the kind of book you can put down for any length of time and come back to easily because of the complexity of the story. Present-day events are related to Finn’s espionage history, requiring frequent trips into backstory, and sometimes, upon returning to the book, I had to reread a former chapter in order to remember where I was and who was who.
Wignall is a good writer whose books provide a glimpse of life in Switzerland, Sweden, and other parts of northern Europe. His characters are culpable, vulnerable people struggling to change against difficult odds, and I cared about what happened to them. That said, I now find myself looking forward to reading something a little less complex.
Grandma gives The Traitor’s Story four stars.
Bella Reads and Reviews received a free copy of The Traitor’s Story from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.