A Question of Betrayal Book Review

A Question of Betrayal Book Review

Title: A Question of Betrayal
Author: Anne Perry
Published: September 8, 2020, Ballantine Books
No. of Pages: 304
Cover Price: $28.00 Hardcover, $13.99 Kindle

Elena Standish, whose grandfather, Lucas Standish, once headed Britain’s M-16, is now on her first assignment for M-16, in the second installment of the Elena Standish series, A Question of Betrayal, by bestselling author, Anne Perry. Elena, who is a photographer, goes to Trieste to bring back Aiden Strother, the spy she was in love with previously and who was responsible for the scandal that came from their relationship that cost Elena her career. It has been six years, and it is widely thought that Aiden is a traitor to Britain, but Peter, Elena’s boss and her grandfather’s confidant, has his doubts. Aiden’s handler, Max, has disappeared, and Britain is no longer receiving vital information that could prevent another war.

One of the trademarks of Anne Perry’s novels is that although her characters are fictional, the background and scenarios are well-researched facts about the time period. Her characters are well-developed and believable; they seem true-to-life and definitely fit into the time period. While Elena is the protagonist, the other characters are also interesting and will appeal to readers. The stories are well-written, and this particular novel is no exception. Perry takes readers into the minds of those citizens who lived during the time of Hitler and it seems that it was a struggle not unlike politics today – good versus evil. Elena is likeable and proves that she has more backbone than previously thought.

The historical aspects of the novel are fascinating, and it’s nice to gain a little historical knowledge while reading an enjoyable and suspenseful novel. One of Lucas’ friends is murdered, and Elena’s sister, Margo, attends a wedding where her close friend marries a Nazi officer, adds intrigue to the story.

Anyone who loves a good historical novel will enjoy this excellent book.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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