Book Review: Woman of State by Simon Berthon

December 15, 2017 Book review 4 ★★★

When Woman of State by Simon Berthon popped into my mailbox, I was excited about the Belfast/Dublin/London settings.  But I knew this book would be an experiment for me as I don’t normally read political thrillers.

Book Review: Woman of State by Simon BerthonWoman of State by Simon Berthon
Published by HQ on July 13th 2017
Genres: political thriller, Suspense, Thriller
Format: Paperback
Source: Received from Publisher

1991, Belfast.
Maire Anne McCartney is recruited for a one-off IRA mission as a honey trap. She is told there will be no violence. But she has been lied to. To save herself, eighteen-year-old Maire must flee across the border alone, and start a new life.
Present day, London.
Human rights lawyer Anne-Marie Gallagher is appointed Minister of State for Security and Immigration. At the same time, the police in Belfast receive an anonymous tip-off. The password is verified from the Troubles – and the co-ordinates lead DCI Jon Carne to a field. And a body.
The new Minister receives a message and realises that the new life she has crafted is at risk of being uncovered. And when Carne’s investigation brings Anne- Marie to his attention, she must decide where her allegiances lie…

ARC REVIEW CRIME suspense Thriller

First Line of Woman of State by Simon Berthon

“The movement needs your help.”

My Thoughts on Woman of State by Simon Berthon:

Let’s just make one thing clear first, I’m not hugely in to politics. I read for escapism, and while I love a good thriller, when you add politics to the mix, I’m a bit meh.  So I’m not really the target audience for this book.  But the blurb sounded interesting, and the setting sold it to me as one I wanted to try.

I found it a good read, but didn’t blow me away or convert me over to the political thriller genre.

Which sounds like I’m damning this book with faint praise, but I honestly did enjoy it. It was told in 2 timelines; 20 years ago in Dublin/Belfast and current day in Westminster. I preferred the past time line as I connected a lot more with teenage Maire, but I loved seeing how the two timelines connected.

As you might expect, the tense atmosphere and all the deception made this a thought-provoking but speedy read, as I just wanted to race through it.  The personal drama hooked me a lot more than the political conspiracies, but that is down to my reading taste.  The plot felt like newspaper headlines come to life, and it did hook me in.

The bottom line:

I enjoyed it more than I thought I would!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


Who should read Woman of State by Simon Berthon?

If you like Irish settings, Irish politics or political thrillers, then I’d recommend this to you.  Fans of authors such as John Le Carre or Tom Clancy might also enjoy.

Thanks to HQ for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration.  As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.


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