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Set yourself in a time zone of the 1960 s when the Cold war was at its peak Then you are in the mindset of how to read this story.You don t know if your friend can be trusted or neighbour is who they say they are This has a spy taste about it because of its era and time zone.A file goes missing Its Top Secret Lilly s husband Simon is blamed for this.Here starts not only the nightmare for Simon, but for his wife and children and all those that know him.Helen Dun is a brilliant author that focuses on people and the interwoven effects of that rather than the plot The plot is excellent, but the people involved are the peak of the excellence of this her story telling I would like to thank Random House UK, Cornerstone for my review copy Helen Dun certainly knows how to write historical fiction This book, set in an England when all Russians were suspected spies, everyone burned coal in open fireplaces, trains gushed forth smoke and you could actually buy things with a few pennies, has the exact atmosphere of the day It is hard to describe Exposure as a thriller It is about spies but not much and it is certainly a slow burner Mostly it tells of families and friends and the awful situations quite innocent people can find themselves in when things go wrong A lot of the story hinges on Lily who is a wife and mother and incidentally a German Jew who had to flee Nazi Germany as a child She is the strongest character in the whole book as she fights for her husband, her children and eventually her life.I had moments when I felt that the book was not going anywhere fast I had moments when I wanted to give certain characters a good hard smack And then I had many moments when I enjoyed the book very much The ending is brilliant that was a moment when I teared up Very definitely worth reading and I must now try Dun s most well known book The Siege [Free Book] ⚖ Exposure ⚒ A Deceptively Simple Masterpiece Independent On Sunday Will Haunt You For Months, If Not Years Guardian Outstanding If You Only Buy One Book, Make It This One Good HousekeepingThe Cold War Is At Its Height, And A Spy May Be A Friend Or Neighbour, Colleague Or LoverAt The End Of A Suburban Garden, In The Pouring Rain, A Woman Buries A Briefcase Deep In The EarthShe Believes That She Is Protecting Her FamilyWhat She Will Learn Is That No One Is Immune From Betrayal Or The Devastating Consequences Of Exposure If you enjoy the intrigue of a good spy story but you ve struggled with John le Carre s complex storylines then this might just be your ideal book It s London in 1960 and the Cold War is in full flow Admiralty employee and family man Simon Callington is asked to carry out a favour for an old friend, Giles Having picked up a file from his friend s home he s immediately regretting having taken this action, but is it already too late Simon s job was secured for him by the aforementioned friend He is not overly ambitious he s a middle ranking official who is focused on his family wife Lily and his three children and their life in Muswell Hill But he s now aware that this one innocent misstep may cost him everything.As the sorry unfolds we learn of Simon s past Growing up with bullying brothers, a stern mother and an uncaring father has created a distance between him and his family He met Giles at Cambridge University, where they were close, but this relationship too has cooled In fact, what complexities there are in this novel stem from the relationships Simon has with the people in his life It is essentially a simply plotted tale, but don t be kidded by that in its own way it s as gripping a story as I ve read in a long time It really is beautifully written, with some memorably descriptive phrases The period and locations are brought to life effectively and all of the characters are very well drawn Lily in particular And the tension is sustained from the first few pages right through to the pulsating, emotion pulling end It s a quality novel and a genuine page turner I m already eagerly searching out books from this author.My thanks to Random House and NetGalley for supplying an early copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I couldn t have wished for a better start to my reading year than this captivating story of cover ups and double dealings set in the world of political espionage in 1960 I cannot quite believe I have just typed that because I don t actually like spy stories but this read is not so much to do with the secrets that are being handed over, as the people caught up in the drama when things go wrong In fact you don t even find out what the secrets are because they are not important to the story.It is the story mainly of Lily whose husband Simon finds himself accused of espionage and how she has to carry on living and looking after their children with the shadow of the accusations hanging over them How will she explain things to the children and how will the controversy that suddenly surrounds them affect them The story itself is brilliantly set up by the author, and after what was a slow start for me, it began to draw me in and grab my attention Once you get past the first few chapters, where the characters are introduced and you start getting to know them, the pace really does seem to pick up.It is very cleverly plotted and when you get to the end of it you will realise that she hasn t wasted a single strand of the story, everything is in there for a reason, even the trains There is a lot of talk about trains in the book and when you get to a certain point of the read the penny will drop and you will just smile knowingly to yourself It was at that point that I fell totally in love with the story as that particular part was just sheer genius Throughout the read there is always a sense of underlying danger and a very tense atmosphere which all builds up to a very dramatic and quite scary climax.A fabulous read Many thanks to the publishers via Netgalley for the review copy. I have loved Helen Dun s novels for many years and so was delighted to have the opportunity to review her latest work, Exposure It is November, 1960, and London is in the grip of the Cold War and spy fever Lily Callington lives with her husband, Simon, in Muswell Hill He is a rather unambitious civil servant at the Admiralty and Lily teaches part time and looks after their children Paul, Sally and Bridget The couple are happy with their peaceful life Simon enjoys going train spotting with his son, while Lily enjoys evenings in listening to the latest play on the radio However, their rather mundane existence is soon to come to an end when the telephone rings one evening This novel involves a missing Top Secret file, for which Simon is blamed and charged with espionage Do not imagine that this is your traditional spy novel though, for Dun is always interested in the personal, rather than in action, and she has created a wonderful set of characters here Simon is a man who has always felt incomplete before he had his family never happy with his bullish, bullying brothers or his wealthy, but unsympathetic, parents in some ways he did remind me of a character in an Eric Ambler novel the everyman who stumbles into a nightmare Lily is possibly one of my favourite fictional characters of all time Abandoned by her father, her Jewish mother brought her to safety in England before the war She has been taught by her mother to fit in at all costs, but now her mere foreignness makes her suspect All too aware of how life can suddenly change, Lily is determined to protect her children at all costs The children themselves, along with other peripheral characters, really bring depth to the storyline I really enjoyed the way the children tried their best to understand events and I also thought the invention of Giles Holloway, the rather seedy spy, and the sinister Julian Clowde men who feel that their background and wealth entitle them to do exactly as they wish, were fantastically written This novel is one of a mere handful that has made me cry and I cannot recommend it highly enough. A slow paced suspense with espionage and the exploration of what one is prepared to do for love On the whole it was an ok read for me with elements I found intriguing Character driven and very well written but I didn t always feel like the narrative carried the story arc forward and therefore it did not always greatly hold my attention. Exposure is the first book I have read by Helen Dun, an author I was keen to sample having heard good things about her This book lived up to my expectations The plot is set in 1960, at the height of the Cold War, and revolves around a missing file and an accusation of spying The plot is not what drives the novel though, it is merely a device for exploring identity and secrets, and which lays bare the perspectives, backstories and psychology of a range of different characters Exposure is an absorbing novel and a powerful evocation of the era One character appears to be partly based on Guy Burgess another hints at Kim Philby However, whilst the novel builds to an exciting conclusion, it says about people s relationships parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and their partners, the extent of friendship and loyalty etc than it does about espionage and the Cold War I look forward to reading of Helen Dun s work.4 5Exposure 2016 by Helen Dun 4 high stars Helen Dun gets into her characters heads like very few other writers She did it in The Siege and The Betrayal, which I had previously read And she does it in Exposure with simple, intense and straightforward prose Exposure is not a spy novel it would be foolish to read it hoping to find the conventions of that genre Rather, it is a period piece and a character study It s hard to say anything without revealing too much The story is set in 1960s England during the Cold War Simon and Lily are married with three children Simon works for the admiralty, where he works with Giles It turns out that Giles is a spy, and Simon inadvertently gets entangled in Giles world, which has a devastating effect on Simon, Lily and the children Beyond the set up, not much happens until a very intense ending Most of the book is taken up with a revolving look at the situation from the main characters different points of view their intertwined pasts adding a layer of complication But this is precisely what carries the book Dun has created complex and vivid characters that defy convention, and she really got me into their heads I felt their fear, their hopes, their frustrations, and their nuanced changing emotions I also loved the ending It was morally fraught and left a lot of complicated unresolved emotions on the table, but it worked perfectly for me I will definitely look for Dun s next book Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy. Cold War era, Russian spies and paranoia, such were the times I was so young then but remember duck and cover, the fear of my parents over the threat of a nuclear war Once again Dun has done what she does best, infuse a period of history with characters caught up in something bigger than themselves How those tainted with the word spy were at risk and so were their families The atmosphere in this book really took me back it was done so effectively.So it happens with Simon, a young man who has withheld a big secret from his wife, of the personal kind, not professional One mistake will change his life, his wife Lily whom has herself escaped from Nazi Germany with her mother, and their three children Events will quickly get out of control and sweep this family into unknown territory Lily though, I admired, so much resilience, protectiveness towards her husband and children, an amazingly strong woman A really great character Loved the children too, so young but so willing to help their mother in whatever way they could, even though their whole lives had changed Really wished this family well So in loose terms this was a spy thriller, there was definitely tension, but it was also an amazing period drama, a character study When all seems lost will you rise to the challenge or fold Interesting seeing who does what in this one Another fantastic book by Dun.