Secret country villages never seem to be what they are. Innocuous characters - the doctor, the retired bluff civil servant, the harmless Professor all have mysteries lurking in their background.
In this story a seemingly harmless collection of characters, typical of any community even today comprise a hard core spy network - albeit "sleepers" remnants of the Cold War but nevertheless characters who have to be watched for any possible break out and embarrassment to the powers that be on either side.
On reading the story, I first thought alright we have this one character and then you slowly, slowly unravel that there is a host of characters in the story and nothing is as what it seems. Quite a page turner because you always want to know where the next character is going to pop up.
One person's mid life crisis and another's nightmare sleep triggers off the whole story. Not just a spy story but also a story of how one can live with one person for over twenty years and not really know the person! That for me was the frightening bit. You think you know it all and then you realize that you know absolutely nothing - I know how Teddy felt. Not just betrayal but a loss of all kind of hope and belief.
This was a good one sent via Netgalley - courtesy of Troubador Publishing Ltd