Disclosure: this is a paid collaboration with HarperCollins.
As a dad of three, I read a huge number of books every week. Specifically kids’ books though! Until recently, I hadn’t read anything just for me in ages.
So when I was offered a preview copy of Charles Cumming’s The Man Between, I jumped at the chance.
Published in paperback today, The Man Between follows the story of Kit Carradine, a successful thriller writer in need of a new challenge.
When British Intelligence asks Kit to get involved in espionage for real, he doesn’t think twice.
Kit is sent to find Lara Bartok, a leading member of a revolutionary movement known as Resurrection. He soon finds himself caught between rival intelligence services who want her dead.
This leaves him with the terrible choice of abandoning her or risking everything to help her.
It’s a real page-turner and I surprised myself with how quickly I finished it. I’m normally a very slow reader but devoured large chunks at a time as I was so keen to find out what happened next.
This is testament to both the dramatic plot and Cumming’s intriguing storytelling.
Kit is a fascinating character as, although he has a better understanding than most of spying, he is still an outsider forced to think on his feet in a highly dangerous job.
I particularly like how ‘now’ this book feels and this contributes in no small part to the gripping atmosphere.
There are references to news events from the last few years, alongside fictional ones that wouldn’t be out of place among real headlines.
There are also plenty of mentions of everyday brands and places and I think these play an important part in making the events of The Man Between all the more believable.
Similarly, the evocative descriptions brought back memories of places I’ve been in Morocco, where a sizeable amount of the book is set.
It’s a fast-paced novel with a plethora of twists and heart-in-mouth moments.
It’s difficult to say too much more without spoiling the plot, but I really enjoyed it. It kept me guessing right up until the final chapter.
I recommend it to anyone who enjoys thrillers. And, with Father’s Day coming up, it would make a great gift for dads.
Speaking of which, I have five copies of The Man Between up for grabs. To be in with a chance of winning one, enter via Rafflecopter. As always, you can use as many of the entry methods as you like. Good luck!