Review: The Moroccan Girl
THE MOROCCAN GIRL is a standalone thriller from Charles Cumming.
Kit Carradine is the successful author of several best-selling novels. When he is approached by MI6 and asked to carry out a simple task on behalf of his country while attending a literary festival in Morocco, he jumps at the chance.
But all is not as it seems. Carradine soon finds himself on the trail of Lara Bartok, a leading figure in Resurrection, a violent revolutionary movement targeting prominent right-wing political figures around the world. Caught between competing intelligence services who want Bartok dead, Carradine faces a choice: to abandon Bartok to her fate or to risk everything trying to save her.
A beautifully written thrilling tale of spies and espionage that sucks you in and makes you feel like you’re in on the action. I was easily transported to the various locations and cities in Morocco and followed along as the characters embarked on a nail-biting journey. It was a definite page-turner in a can’t-put-it-down kind of way and I devoured it in one sitting.
I appreciated how real and relevant this book is and how it touches upon political subjects and a very real and very scary potential near-future. Kit was an admirable lead and Lara was a great supporting character. I grew to love Kit for his honesty, his bravery and his unwillingness to let things be unresolved. He was just so good and I was rooting for him all the way through. Being a civilian asked to jump into a dangerous world of espionage, he was naturally cautious and a little naive at first, getting himself into face-palm worthy situations, but he became more intelligent and resilient with experience. By the end of it, weirdly enough, I felt proud of him. It was totally believable - he was a man with no experience being a spy but he used his street-smarts, prior knowledge and research to his advantage and none of the scenarios the protagonist found himself in felt over-the-top or exaggerated in a roll-your-eyes kind of way and I appreciated that.
Through all the twists and turns, secrets and reveals, this had me on the edge of my seat. It was authentic and engaging and a fun book to read despite the heavy and dark subject that surrounded it.
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.