A Review for: The Geneva Trap by Stella Rimington

I love picking up great books that are on sale. There’s nothing better than being able to pick up a decent book and get it for a decent price. I bought The Geneva Trap cheap, not even knowing who Stella Rimington is, and thought, oh cool, seem’s like one I would be interested in, and turns out it’s worth more than what I paid for!

The Geneva Trap is a great story, a novel from Rimington’s Liz Carlyle series. Here’s the blurb so you can get an idea of what it’s about:

When a rogue Russian spy warns her of a plot to hack into the West’s military satellite systems, MI5’s Liz Carlyle finds her past catching up with her…

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…

The book itself starts off a bit slow, but that’s okay. It only lasts a couple of chapters until it draws you in with the characters and what’s going on.

Throughout the book I found myself trying to put pieces of the puzzle together, finding answers along the way, which is something I love in spy books – feeling so involved in the operation it’s like you’re one of the characters yourself!

I am so glad that there was a few plot twists, keeping me on edge. Books are boring when you can predict what happens throughout the entirety of the novel. Though I am also happy they were realistic and not over the top.

Stella’s writing style is very easy going which makes The Geneva Trap a good go-to when you just want to enjoy reading. You can easily recognise who’s point of view you’re observing from and follow the adventure at an appropriate pace.

I love that Stella was actually in the MI5! It adds so much reality to the story and makes me wonder, is this a mission she actually experienced herself in real life? Of course she would have to make it all up but hey, doesn’t mean she can’t throw some stuff in there that actually happened!

Overall The Geneva Trap was exciting, enthralling and fun. I would 100% recommend this book to everyone, but especially those who are trying to read more and just don’t know where to start. 4 out of 5 stars from me!


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