I have to say that the prospect of reading a book written by a woman who has headed the MI5 in England had me in a bipolar sway from excitement to trepidation. On one hand the police processes would be spot on, and truth is usually stranger than fiction. Then the other side of it could have been a bit like dry All Bran for breakfast, especially since most police work is actually paperwork.
This is the seventh book in the Liz Carlisle series, so I put my big girl panties on and delved into a character who has 6 books worth of history behind her and 328 pages to either make me love her or hate her.
Here’s the good reads blurb
“Geneva, 2012. When a Russian intelligence officer approaches MI5 with vital information about the imminent cyber-sabotage of an Anglo-American Defence programme, he refuses to talk to anyone but Liz Carlyle. But who is he, and what is his connection to the British agent?
At a tracking station in Nevada, US Navy officers watch in horror as one of their unmanned drones plummets out of the sky, and panic spreads through the British and American Intelligence services. Is this a Russian plot to disable the West’s defences? Or is the threat coming from elsewhere?
As Liz and her team hunt for a mole inside the MOD, the trail leads them from Geneva, to Marseilles and into a labyrinth of international intrigue, in a race against time to stop the Cold War heating up once again…”
We open with a scene that makes little sense but it is a gripping crime none-the-less, and for most of the book the crime goes unanswered which really had me questioning the relevance of it’s occurrence. I haven’t read any of Stella’s previous work, so I don’t know if this was a signature plot twist or not.
I enjoyed the anonymity of the evil people. We are given the scent and a hint of who may be perpetrating such heinous acts, but I can tell you I didn’t guess a single one.
I had a bone to pick with one of the male counterparts of Liz Carlisle, but more for his sexist view towards women in an intelligence role than his obstructive demeanour. I guess in a job where it’s been a boys club for so long, it is to be expected that some men don’t like change. Rude and unacceptable, but understandable.
The body count is pretty high and the gore is gruesome enough to make my fluffy-bunny-loving self cringe.
Liz is suitably kick arse in a dangerous reality where anything less would mean she’d be eaten alive.
I don’t think I’ll pursue the other 6 books in this series, but I will most likely read The Geneva Trap again. See if I can pick up on clues I missed this time around. I’d suggest this one for a cold afternoon. Just be sure to have the guard cat or dog with you.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Bloomsbury (first published July 19th 2012)
ISBN 1408819651 (ISBN13: 9781408819654)