by Sukey HowardNovember 2006
Once a spy, always a spy
During the summer of 1976, Ruth, a single mother living and teaching in Oxford, discovers that her very English mother, Sally, is really a Russian emigree who had been a spy for the British during WWII. Restless, William Boyd's latest, explores these revelations and their impact with unerring skill. A gripping tale of espionage, love and betrayal, it's also the story of a mother and daughter coming to terms with each other, the past and the bitter dark current of fear Sally always carried with her. Not a genre thriller, though as thrilling as any, this finely wrought novel is beautifully performed by Rosemund Pike.