This Is What Happened

Soho Crime. Jan. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9781616958619. $23.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616958626. F
Maggie Barnes is just a down-on-her luck girl in London until she is recruited by MI5 for a special at-home assignment. A complication ensues during the mission and her contact agent decides he must hide her away until it is safe for them to move. At the same time, Maggie takes it upon herself to find her missing sister. She embarks on a relationship with the one person who she suspects knows more than he is letting on. In this succinctly written stand-alone thriller not all is how it is presented; who will survive and who won't? The CWA Gold and Dagger author (Slow Horses; Dead Lions) successfully unfolds his mystery from three different perspectives, creating an atmosphere of page-turning suspense. This use of differing views means that there is not much action; instead, Herron weaves a subtle tale that touches upon various aspects of modern life while focusing exclusively on the decisions and reactions of the main characters.
VERDICT Fans of twisty espionage fiction and psychological suspense won't want to put this book down until they find out what exactly happened. [See Prepub Alert, 7/24/17.]
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