Kelly Rimmer’s The Paris Agent is full of endearing, fearless characters you’ll connect with. A search for answers and closure brings mystery to this addictive and poignant tale.
by Kelly Rimmer
Genres: Historical Fiction
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"Kelly Rimmer always delivers a poignant story.” —Madeline Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Bookshop in London
A family's innocent search for answers brings a long-forgotten, twenty-five-year-old mystery to light, in the riveting new novel from the bestselling author of The Things We Cannot Say.
1970—In the aftermath of his war-ravaged past, Noah Ainsworth is still haunted by memories of his time as a fearless British operative in France. But a critical head injury left Noah with frustrating memory gaps and a burning question that plagues him—who was the agent who saved his life during that tragic final mission?
Determined to find answers, Noah's daughter Charlotte embarks on a quest from their cozy home in Liverpool, leading her to the incredible lives of two ordinary women—Chloe and Fleur—who transformed into fearless spies on foreign soil. But as Charlotte unravels the heroic exploits of these women and their connection to Noah, she inadvertently stumbles upon evidence of a double agent lurking disturbingly close to home, drawing her into a treacherous web of secrets and unearthing a shocking story from those final days of the war.
Once again, Kelly Rimmer takes readers on a gripping journey, one that threads the lives of two remarkable women into the fabric of history, unveiling the power of courage, family and the indelible mark left by the darkest era of human conflict.
I love historical fiction, especially when it’s based on actual events and people. The Paris Agent is based on the true story of agents Violette Szabo and Diana Rowden, along with others who risked their lives in WWII. This story will grab you from the beginning.
The story is told from dual timelines. The first begins in the summer of 1970 with Charlotte and Noah Ainsworth in Liverpool, London. Charlotte learns that her father, a mechanic, was a secret agent during the war. A British SOE who was injured. Now that her mother, his wife, is gone, he wants to find the man who saved him in France twenty-five years ago. Noah suffered a traumatic brain injury and has only a name and the hospital where he awoke. Charlotte’s efforts to aid her father lead her to Professor Harry Read and his junior researcher, Theo.
The second timeline shares Chloe and Fleur’s perceptive while they were serving in France and on leave in England. These young women willingly were thrust into danger after three months of intense training. The author did a phenomenal job of pulling the reader in as they took risks, dealt with possible double agents and took on more tasks than they trained for. These heroes were so brave and you cannot help but admire them. Carriers and wireless transfers became missions of sabotage, reconnaissance, and espionage. They learned how to use and deploy weapons and faced danger at every turn. I became caught up in their story and the rich historical facts.
The characters, mystery, and the history of these British SOE agents provided an addictive story. I connected with the characters from both timelines and finished this story in a few sittings. The two threads intertwined as the present looked for Remy. It was brilliantly done with great pacing and build up.
Fans of historical fiction, WWII stories, and heroes will want to add this memorable story to their must read pile.The Paris Agent by Kelly Rimmer offered suspense, mystery and engaging characters in is WWII historical fiction. #NewRelease #historicalfiction #WWIIFiction Click To Tweet
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