Unanswered mysteries

Kate Atkinson’s latest novel features a British woman unable to escape her past as a World War II spy

By MARY ANN GWINN / NEWSDAY
October 11, 2018 13:40
3 minute read.
JULIET ARMSTRONG can’t quite put her spying days behind her in this new novel.

JULIET ARMSTRONG can’t quite put her spying days behind her in this new novel.. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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Juliet Armstrong is alone. Her mariner father is lost at sea; her mother – her support and advocate – has just died, extinguishing Juliet’s hopes of applying to Oxbridge. Adrift in London in the opening days of World War II, she is recommended to MI5 by the headmistress of the top-flight school she attended. Summoned to an interview, she throws out one lie after another to her interrogator but gets the job anyway.

“It didn’t seem to matter,” she thought. “In fact, she suspected that it helped in some way.”

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