Quarantine Reads #2: Suspense

I am trying to put the books I post about into groups but that isn’t always easy. It may be a stretch but I feel like these books can fit into suspense as there was tension, high stakes and a need to know what happens next.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre

I haven’t actually read a lot of spy novels thinking they were all like James Bond. This is book for one is not, although there a beautiful woman involved, of course. We follow a seasoned spy during the cold war so Germany is split into east and west and Communism is a very real enemy. I don’t want to unveil too much more, you need to be able to savoir the unraveling of the plot. I did enjoy the love interest and while I had my suspicions, I couldn’t quite predict the conclusion. It is written in a cold, gritty tone meaning it is a good refresher if you have just read something very emotional and need a break. I enjoyed it and am looking out for more spy novels.

Murder Underground by Mavis Doriel Hay

If you are looking for a solid who-done-it murder mystery, this is a perfect candidate. We have a group of suspects, many of them living in the same lodgings as the deceased so together they theorize on what happened. All the suspects bring about secrets and scandals that are revealed and suspicion is thrown in all directions. It is set in the earlier half of the twentieth century giving it a classic feel. I did like the setting of the murder being in a London Underground station but that may be because I was brought up in London. There is nothing revolutionary about this book but I did enjoy reading it.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I have finally read this book! I have wanted to for a long time but I felt intimidated by its modern classic status and the rumours that it was quite graphic. I wouldn’t say this book is particularly graphic when it comes to violence. It is more emotionally graphic if that’s a thing. The brainwashing and oppression involved in making this society work is disturbing but I can’t say impossible in our climate. It is an important book and it definitely deserves the status it has. The ending surprised me completely as it was different to many dystopian novels. I appreciated what this book had to say.

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