Thursday, 9 February 2012

Book Review: The Sound of Red Returning by Sue Duffy

About the book:  After losing everyone she loves, concert pianist Liesl Bower has nowhere to go but to escape into her music. Searching for the peace she usually finds in her concertos and sonatas, Liesl can’t shake the feeling that she is being haunted by her past . . . and by someone following her. When she spots a familiar and eerie face in the audience of a concert she’s giving for the president in Washington, DC, the scariest day of her life comes back to her with a flash. It has been fifteen years since Liesl watched her beloved Harvard music mentor assaulted on a dark night in Moscow and just as long since the CIA disclosed to her that he’d been spying for Russia. She had seen that man--that eerie face--the night Professor Devoe was attacked. And now he’s back--and coming for her.

On the run and struggling to rely on the protection of CIA agent Ava Mullins and handsome newspaper reporter Cade O’Brien, Liesl learns she is the prey of an underground cell of Russian KGB agents determined to restore their country to its former Soviet might. But what she doesn’t know is that she is in possession of something--a piece of sheet music--that Russian intelligence is now frantic to find. Inside that music is a secret code, the hidden transcriptions of her deceased mentor, that clearly identify a Russian mole operating inside Israel’s Department of Defense, a mole with enough power and access to execute a daring assassination that no one would see coming.

Caught in a deadly conflict between American and Russian undercover agents, this innocent young pianist is just trying to survive her own personal trauma. Through it all, Liesl must learn that no matter how dark her world grows or how fiercely her enemies pursue her, God is still in control--if only she can yield herself to His grace. Read an excerpt here.

My Thoughts: Trained in piano performance myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the musical aspects of this book especially.  Double agents, intrigue, loyalty, alcoholism, secret codes, romance, humour, life choices, faith - this book did it all, and did it all well.

The storyline was fantastic and I loved that I thought I had the mystery figured out, only to realize that I didn't - but it was still believable.  That's a hard balance to achieve!

Loved the characters and felt that they were well developed as well as relatable and realistic.

Two thumbs way up on this one.

Thank you to Stephanie and Amy from Litfuse Publicity for organizing this tour and providing me with my complimentary review copy.

1 comment:

Sue Duffy said...

Tammy, thank you for your comments. They are inspiration to me as I pen the next book in the trilogy.

Sue Duffy


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