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A Woman of Intelligence

Author: Karin Tanabe

Started: Apr. 2, 2021

Finished: Apr. 10, 2021

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read and review this book.

Katharina Edgeworth has a life that most women of her time would kill for, a surgeon husband, two healthy children, and a beautiful apartment in the heart of Manhattan but feels that she could be so much more.

Katharina discovers that she is being scouted by the FBI to help stop the spread of Communism in New York due to a previous relationship with a member of the KGB, unbeknownst to her. The FBI uses her history with this man to get her close to him and gather important information.

She begins living a double life, doting mother and wife by day and FBI spy by night. Her lives begin to collide when her husband realizes she has been employing a babysitter and spending hours upon hours away from their children. Katharina has to decide where her life is leading and how to balance her two selves.

While the idea of the story is an interesting story, the story itself is lacking. The novel starts slow and never really gathers enough steam to make it interesting. There were moments when I thought the story would pick up the pace but was then let down when nothing extraordinary happened. I am hoping this scenario is a one-off for the author but I would love to read something else by her that may grab me more.

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