A Time to Lie by Simon Berthon #BookReview #HQ #NetGalley #5*

A divisive prime minister. A long-buried body. A plot to bring him down…

The bigger the secret the more dangerous it is to lie…

On the morning of the Tory Party conference, the bones of a young woman’s hand are discovered in a London building site.

Jed Fowkes, Special Adviser at the Treasury, confronts Prime Minister Robin Sandford with a terrible accusation. He claims the hand belongs to someone they once knew well: a young woman whom Sandford murdered years ago.

With his career on the brink of ruin, the Prime Minister’s only hope is to enlist the unofficial help of MI5. A decision which leads him into a new world of espionage, illegal trafficking and murder.

And the deeper he goes, the more treacherous the game becomes. Because now it’s not just his life on the line; it’s the future of the state itself…

A Stunning Read, Gripping to the Very End!

I love a good political thriller and this one is full of suspense all the way through!

Prime Minister Robin Sandford has his own ideas on policy and there are those in his team who disagree. When a hand is found, Jed Fowkes – Special Advisor to the Treasury and long time friend of the PM reminds Robbie of past times when they flat-shared with another, and how the discovery of the body part is likely to lead right to his door. With his career in the balance, Robbie needs help so uses a roundabout way to involve MI5, finding he’s really in the midst of the world of intrigue, espionage – and murder.

This is a rollercoaster of a read! If you are among the few who still believes everything that comes out of a politician’s mouth then this will change your way of thinking. A riveting tale and one I just had to keep on reading; each time I thought of setting it aside, there was another question that I just HAD to find out the answer to! This is a writer who knows his stuff and has constructed a gripping story with a believable scenario, populated with beautifully rounded characters. A stunning read, thoroughly enjoyed and one I’m not only happy to recommend but also give five glowing stars. Definitely an author to add to my list.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: political suspense

Author Bio

Simon Berthon is a novelist, historian and BAFTA-winning documentary producer. His latest thriller, A Time to Lie, is published in December 2020. He has written two previous thrillers and three works of non-fiction, as well as screenplays commissioned by Granada TV and the BBC. He now divides his time between London and Wiltshire.

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Website: https://www.simonberthon.com/

Twitter: @simonberthon


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