The Spy's Wife

The Spy s Wife Molly Keatly has a wonderful home in a London suburb friends and money and Sam her loving journalist husband Then one morning Sam disappears and Molly learns that her husband of eight years is a spy

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  • Title: The Spy's Wife
  • Author: Reginald Hill
  • ISBN: 9781933397337
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback
  • Molly Keatly has a wonderful home in a London suburb, friends and money and Sam, her loving journalist husband Then one morning Sam disappears and Molly learns that her husband of eight years is a spy and a traitor Suddenly Molly is caught in a nightmare, hurtling toward a rendezvous with terror.

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    1. A man defects during the Cold War, leaving his wife behind. What’s the rest of the story? This was not really so much a mystery, but there was a sense of not being sure who was being honest/real. The characters were well realized, the writing was wonderful, and the story came to an interesting end.

    2. This is just about adequate to its smart premise, i.e after the spy is rumbled and defects, what becomes of the spouse? Just about. It does feel a bit uneven and unclear about where, if anywhere, the story is going.Not bad, though, and a bit of a novel time-capsule at this point. Housewives gobbling down tranquilizers and sleeping pills like breath mints, all narrated as completely matter-of-fact. Be tougher to keep a straight face about it all today, I suspect.

    3. I love reading mysteries, but this is not the type that I generally read. It's just so different! There is also a bit of a time warp since this book was published during a time when women married young and promptly stopped working outside of the home.

    4. One day your whole world is tossed upside down and suddenly, there are no instructions on how to behave when you discover that your husband has fled you, you home and his country.That is the situation Molly Keatley has found herself in. She has a nice enough life, a comfortable relationship with her husband, Sam, until one morning, her journalist husband dashes home, grabs a bag and says "I'm sorry."Soon she is faced with officials with news she never would have believed she would hear and tosse [...]

    5. See Michelle's review, below. The missus English spy's wife, who didn't know at all that he was a spy, back during the cold war. She becomes pregnant; there are other spies around her, both good and bad (versions of spy vs. spy), and she has to sort them out. It's a little simplistic, but a new beginning for her, thinking and beginning to make decisions for herself. The reader must deal with her (old fashioned) staying home (well, except for going to Russia!) and not working.

    6. A gentle cold war book from that master author Reginald Hill. A woman discovers her husband is really a spy for the Soviets and what happens after her discovery. Recommended.

    7. A very entertaining story about the wife of a journalist who goes to work one morning, comes right back home and then disappears. Thirty minutes later British intelligence is knocking on her door. It is a light read with humorous moments.

    8. This is the story of a British wife/homemaker whose husband comes home unexpectedly, runs inside for a few things and then drives away, saying "Sorry" as he tears up one of her rosebushes. She finds out not much later that she has much more to be annoyed about than just the rosebush when she is visited by 2 officials who tell her that her husband is a Soviet spy. The book follows Molly's journey on how she deals with this revelation and how others around her are pushing her to take on their agen [...]

    9. Originally posted on my blog here in September 2000.What would you do if your partner suddenly turned out to be a spy, and you only discovered this when the security services came knocking on your day on the day that they defected? That is the basic idea which inspires this spy thriller, and makes it unusual - most thrillers concentrate on the defector, or the investigators; there can be few where the innocent take centre stage.The idea is interesting in itself, and that and the competent writin [...]

    10. It's funny how I sometimes like a book better after discussing it with my book club. I didn't dislike the book when I read it, it just wasn't among my favorite but it did make for a decent conversation. We all talked about how if we were in Molly's shoes if our husbands could cover up being a spy. Hmmmmmm I must say I was disappointed with some of her choices such as sleeping with her ex after her husband disappeared. It also shocked me how when her mother went into the hospital for surgery how [...]

    11. I enjoyed this book thought it seems slow to start and is not one of Reg Hill's usual mystery formats. It also seemed a bit out of date but at the time it was written, the Soviet Union and the Iron Curtain had not collapsed so it seemed more like a historical novel. Since I listened to this on CD, I was a bit irritated by the thick West Midlands accent and idiom of the MI5 field supervisor as I felt in reality, some of the accent would have been rubbed off by working closely with colleagues. Oth [...]

    12. Like The Pilot's Wife, this book was a general fiction, mild mystery, woman-coming-to-grips-with-a-changed-reality story. And also like The Pilot's Wife, I just didn't get it.BUT - I read the book because it was written by Reginald Hill, whose Dalziel books I totally heart. I'm amazed that in this 'chick' book that his writing was so sensitive and descriptive. Doesn't fit the stereotype of a man writing what he thinks a woman should do/say/be. It truly was well-written, just not a subject matter [...]

    13. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this british mystery. Molly Keatley very early in the story discovers that her husband is a spy and has disappeared. Concurrently she is confronted with her mother's illness and her husband's treachery. As a character she definitely evolves from a too comfortable housewife to a woman who has to confront much and actually rises to the occasion. Molly is an interesting character study and the yarn is fun lacking the usual brutal aspects most spy stories provide. Fun [...]

    14. While certainly not great literature, I found "The Spy's Wife" an entertaining novel. I disagree with several (male) reviewers who found the character of Molly unbelievable. Hmmm, it's the late 1060's and you are leading the perfect suburban life when you husband disappears and you discover that he is a Russian spy. She acts out, drinks, takes Valium. Who wouldn't? I found her journey of discovery believable and the ending humorously ironic. I would recommend for a quick read on a rainy weekend. [...]

    15. I have no idea how this managed to get published. Time passes, so things happen, but there is no story. Ending is completely implausible, and the main character spends most of the book trying to figure out how she feels about her husband being a Soviet spy in 1970s England. She never comes to any conclusion. Irritated that I finished this.

    16. Read by Julia Barrie. I have just listened again to this novel by Reginald Hill which is an exploration of character and changing attitudes. From the unexpected and dramatic farewell by Sam to the wry final sentence, we see Molly change and grow as she is presented with moral and ethical dilemmas. Hill's narratives are always engrossing, well-written and usually challenging.

    17. A feisty British housewife goes through a range of emotions as she comes to terms with the fact that her husband is a spy. I enjoyed listening to Julia Barrie reading this interesting novel about relationships. I found it less complex than Reginald Hill's Dalziel & Pascoe series which made for easy listening.

    18. I was engaged immediately by the author's style. At some point after the middle I was getting antsy, my interest waxing and waning. In the end, I felt unsatisfied. Some parts were not believable and some parts seemed too sketchy. But it made me want to check out more of this author's work since he's so readable and because others say this particular novel is atypical.

    19. I like Reginald Hill, a crime fiction writer with a wonderful gift of metaphor and a lovely sense of humor. Fabulous plot premise, great characters, and a strange almost rushed ending rob this novel of any higher rating. In honesty, it's really a 2+ in my generous system.

    20. I enjoyed the book, in particular the relatively unusual perspective of the wife, with very little of the spy. Unfortunately I did not warm to the characters and found some of the key elements of the plot predictable.

    21. Differ4ent from Reg Hill's usual books but as ever, excellently written and fascinating from beginning to end.

    22. I liked it as the plot was somewhat novel and it kept my attention. I liked the character who found herself in the unlikely position of being a spy's wife.

    23. Suspenseful and evocative of the possibilities in life for some women who came of age in the late 60s - early 70s. I was surprised at how well Hill writes from inside of a woman's mind.

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