Blog Tour And Book Review Of “Safe Houses” By Dan Fesperman @crimebythebook @AAknopf

In this gripping new work of suspense from the author of The Double Game, a young woman discovers a nefarious truth at the heart of the CIA’s operations in postwar Berlin and goes on the run for her life; years later she’s gruesomely murdered along with her husband, and her daughter begins to chase down these startling secrets from her past.

West Berlin, 1979. Helen Abell oversees the CIA’s network of safe houses, rare havens for field agents and case officers amidst the dangerous milieu of a city in the grips of the Cold War. Helen’s world is upended when, during her routine inspection of an agency property, she overhears a meeting between two people unfamiliar to her speaking a coded language that hints at shadowy realities far beyond her comprehension. Before the day is out, she witnesses a second unauthorized encounter, one that will place her in the sight lines of the most ruthless and powerful man at the agency. Her attempts to expose the dark truths about what she has witnessed will bring about repercussions that reach across decades and continents into the present day, when, in a farm town in Maryland, a young man is arrested for the double murder of his parents, and his sister takes it upon herself to find out why he did it. (From Goodread)

Thank you to Abby and Knopf Books for inviting me on to this blog tour and providing me with a free book. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

I normally do not read a lot of spy/espionage thrillers, it’s never been a type of book that caught my attention. But when Abby Endler brings a book to your attention, and invites you on to a Blog Tour, I don’t care who you are, you do it. And because of that, I feel like I got to read and enjoy a book I normally never would pick for myself.

I really enjoyed the alternating, time jumping chapters. I think Fesperman depicted the good ole boy aspect of the CIA perfectly, and when I think of how it must have been back in the 70’s I’m betting it’s dead on. Helen was a great character, she knew right from wrong, and she wasn’t afraid to fight for it, even if it ended her life.

Not a lot of books can tackle alternating, time jumping chapters, without causing some slight confusion, but I feel Fesperman executed it well, and I appreciate that he added in Anna, Willard, and Henry. This side of the story gave an added depth to the book. Which was very appreciated. Overall, I enjoyed this book and I am glad I joined in on this Blog Tour.


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