'A GRIPPING STORY, WITH HEART' BEST THRILLERS OF 2019, DAILY TELEGRAPH
It's 1952 and Soviet troops control British streets.
After the disastrous failure of D-Day, Britain is rescued by Russian and American soldiers. The two superpowers divide the nation between them, a wall running through London like a scar.
On the Soviet side of the wall, Jane Cawson suspects her husband, Nick, of secretly seeing his ex-wife, Lorelei, glamorous star of Soviet propaganda films.
But before Jane can confront them, Lorelei is murdered.
To her horror, Nick is arrested for the killing. Desperate to clear his name, Jane must risk the attention of the brutal secret police in order to discover the truth.
Evading them, her search uncovers a trail of corruption - and the higher it leads, the more dangerous it becomes...
'This richly imagined thriller is set in an alternate past . . . Tightly plotted, tense and set in a chillingly plausible world' Sunday Mirror
'A gripping and well-imagined yarn' Sun
'A gripping murder mystery set in an alternative 1950s Britain . . . One not to miss' William Ryan, author of The Constant Soldier
'A twisting murder mystery combined with a chillingly plausible alternative history of a divided Cold War London. Brilliant' Mason Cross, bestselling author of The Samaritan
'A brilliantly researched, shockingly plausible thriller' Claire McGowan, author of The Fall
'A tantalising alternative world, and a murder mystery that's sure to appeal to fans of The Man in the High Castle, and Fatherland' David Young, bestselling author of Stasi Child
Gripping alternative history . . . Ingeniously plotted, with storytelling that's full of heart
This richly imagined thriller is set in an alternate past . . . Tightly plotted, tense and set in a chillingly plausible world
A taut, psychological thriller with a plausible twist, Rubin's debut novel does not disappoint . . . an extraordinary but believable tale of corruption, power play and black-market racketeering . . . Well researched and imaginative, Rubin's alternative history novel creates an eerie landscape full of menace . . . Writing with panache and creative flair, Rubin breathes credibility into a disturbing 'what if' scenario. Chilling and intriguing in equal measures
An interesting take on the 'What if we'd lost World War II?' debate. A gripping and well-imagined yarn
Rubin paints a shocking picture of what might have happened had we lost the Second World War and been invaded first by the Nazis and then the Soviet army. It's an edgy ride, a reminder that we should not take our freedom for granted
Far more than an intellectual exercise - it is a gripping story, with heart
A riveting story of betrayal, corruption and dark secrets, set against the backdrop of a divided Britain
A tight and compelling thriller