In the quiet cul-de-sac where Keith and Stephen live there is very little evidence of the Second World War. But the two friends suspect that the ...Show synopsisIn the quiet cul-de-sac where Keith and Stephen live there is very little evidence of the Second World War. But the two friends suspect that the inhabitants of the Close are not what they seem. As Keith authoritatively informs the trusting Stephen, the whole district is riddled with secret passages and underground laboratories - hideaways for any number of murderers, unsung war heroes and secret agents. Then one day Keith announces an even more disconcerting discovery: the Germans have infiltrated his own family. And when the secret underground world they have postulated emerges from the shadows they find themselves engulfed in mysteries far deeper and more painful than they had bargained for. In this beautiful new novel Michael Frayn evokes a time and characters which are as vivid now as if they had appeared before us today.Hide synopsis
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This novel starts out slowly, but builds layers of mystery. An old man returns to his old neighbourhood in England and recalls war-time exploits of spying on neighbours.
His friend believes his own mother is a German spy and they set out to follow her and catalogue her suspicious behaviour. You try to imagine different scenarios to explain her actions and wonder who's up to what.
It was a gripping story and I wasn't sure how it would end. It portrayed how children view the adult world, and the conflicting feelings of adolescence well.
There was one unanswered question, though. Why was the man hiding out? Can someone tell me.
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