A Traitor in the Family

A Traitor in the Family

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'Unbearably tense' Daily Telegraph

'While her husband prepared to murder a young man he had never met, Bridget O'Neill completed her packing for Christmas with her in-laws.'

Francis O'Neill is a terrorist, trained to kill for his cause. Bridget is his wife, expected to be loyal and stand by her husband. She has learned not to hope for much more, until the day she glimpses, for the first time, the chance of a new life. A life without violence, without secrets, and without knocks on the door in the dead of night. A life without her husband.

But what if freedom for Bridget means grave danger for Francis?

In A Traitor in the Family, bestselling author, Nicholas Searle, tells a story of shocking, intimate betrayal. Can a treacherous act of the most personal kind ever be, in this darkly violent world, an act of mercy?

'It reminded me strongly of John le Carre ... this is high praise' Daily Mail

"The Good Liar was excellent ... this is even better' Sunday Express
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 30mm | 461g
  • Viking
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241296366
  • 9780241296363
  • 1,489,108

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In its subtlety it reminded me strongly of John le Carre's wonderful A Small Town in Germany, which also brought home the delicate confusions that lie at the heart of those who work in the shadow of treachery. This is high praise * Daily Mail * Unbearably tense... this is a snapshot of the real world from a man who has lived it * Daily Telegraph * The follow-up to Searle's acclaimed 2015 debut The Good Liar, and the technical aspects of thriller writing are well handled as the tension builds on both sides * Guardian * [A] tale of sordid compromises and agonising choices ... beneath the betrayals and violence Searle's antihero's dilemma unleashes lies a moral message: even the hardest heart is made vulnerable by love' * Observer * The Good Liar was excellent but this book feels more personal and is even better * Sunday Express * Morally chewy and unbearably tense * Daily Telegraph * This is one of those thrillers whose thrills come not just from a fast-paced plot, but also from the fact that we're being given privileged access to a hidden world * Reader's Digest * A taut, compulsive thriller with a dark, intriguing heart. A Mr Ripley for our time -- Jonathan Freedland on 'The Good Liar' A part-thriller, part-human condition novel that packs a tremendous punch -- Financial Times on 'The Good Liar' Added to the fiendishly clever plot, Searle's writing is both drily amusing and elegantly crafted. An absolute treat of a book -- Daily Mail on 'The Good Liar' An incredibly dark, taut thriller... Think of Ruth Rendell morphing into John le Carre -- Daily Express on 'The Good Liar' Searle shows a gift for complex plotting -- Daily Telegraph on 'The Good Liar' Nicholas Searle drew on his own background in intelligence to portray an IRA terrorist and his wife forced into different types of betrayal * Daily Mail Books of the Year *
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About Nicholas Searle

Nicholas Searle is the author of three novels. His first novel, The Good Liar, was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for the best debut crime novel. Before becoming a writer, Nicholas worked in British intelligence for more than twenty-five years. He lives in Yorkshire.
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232 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
5 18% (41)
4 37% (86)
3 29% (67)
2 13% (31)
1 3% (7)
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