This book has a shifting timeline moving between the war years, the 50s, and the 80s. In the war years we see Juliet, a naive 18 year-old, taken on by MI5 as a typist to transcribe recorded conversations between fifth columnists, Brits who think Hitler would run the country better.
Then in the 50s Juliet is a BBC radio producer who still keeps her hand in with MI5 – or does she? Juliet is not the most reliable of narrators, and the twists and turns of events will keep the reader guessing.
It is an absorbing read, quite different from Atkinson’s earlier work, although her trademark playing with character, revealing little by little, is in full flow here.