Northern Spy

Northern Spy by Flynn Berry Book Summary

“If you love a mystery, then you’ll devour [Northern Spy] . . . I loved this thrill ride of a book.”—Reese Witherspoon

“A chilling, gorgeously written tale…Berry keeps the tension almost unbearably high.” –The New York Times Book Review

The acclaimed author of Under the Harrow and A Double Life returns with her most riveting novel to date: the story of two sisters who become entangled with the IRA

A producer at the BBC and mother to a new baby, Tessa is at work in Belfast one day when the news of another raid comes on the air. The IRA may have gone underground in the two decades since the Good Friday Agreement, but they never really went away, and lately bomb threats, security checkpoints, and helicopters floating ominously over the city have become features of everyday life. As the news reporter requests the public's help in locating those responsible for the robbery, security footage reveals Tessa's sister, Marian, pulling a black ski mask over her face.

The police believe Marian has joined the IRA, but Tessa is convinced she must have been abducted or coerced; the sisters have always opposed the violence enacted in the name of uniting Ireland. And besides, Marian is vacationing on the north coast. Tessa just spoke to her yesterday.

When the truth about Marian comes to light, Tessa is faced with impossible choices that will test the limits of her ideals, the bonds of her family, her notions of right and wrong, and her identity as a sister and a mother. Walking an increasingly perilous road, she wants nothing more than to protect the one person she loves more fiercely than her sister: her infant son, Finn.

Riveting, atmospheric, and exquisitely written, Northern Spy is at once a heart-pounding story of the contemporary IRA and a moving portrait of sister- and motherhood, and of life in a deeply divided society.

Northern Spy by Flynn Berry Book Reviews

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This book gave a good detailed explanation of the IRA and police. The author just bored me with the description of her baby in every single chapter.

- She knows how to write women5 star

I chose this book because of a long held interest in Northern Ireland and the troubles. I love this book because of how Berry gives insight into the female brain. The way she depicts how Tessa processes this period of trauma, grief, and forgiveness is incredibly authentic. I’d love for her to write a parallel novel from Marian’s point of view!

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Flynn Berry is an American writer. She is most widely known for her book Under the Harrow. Early life Berry attended The Masters School before matriculating to Brown University. She then studied writing at the Michener Center for Writers. Career In 2016, Berry published Under the Harrow, a mystery novel about a woman's murder in a sleepy English town and the effects of the murder upon her sister. The book received universally positive reviews. It also won the 2017 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. In 2018, Berry published A Double Life based on the murder of Sandra Rivett and the subsequent disappearance of Lord Lucan. In 2021, Berry published Northern Spy. Works Books Author Northern Spy...

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