Summary of novel:
This novel is set in the time of the cold war between the USSR and the USA and focuses on one particular government detective named Leo. As the novel progresses, Leo realises that the government he works for isn't as perfect as it portrays to be.
Other characters in the novel are Raisa (his wife) and Vasili (his jealous colleague).
In my opinion, this book is absolutely astounding. The amount of depth Smith goes into with the characters is so detailed and you really get a grasp of what each of them is like. You can also tell that he's done his research with the USSR and has really grasped the dictatorship amongst it well. There are also a lot of scenes which people may find disturbing since the descriptions of everything are so vivid in the novel - I don't want to give any spoilers but know that this book isn't for the weak and faint-hearted.
I find that having Leo as the main character adds an interesting edge to the novel since, through him, you are exposed to the insides of the government that he works for and you can really connect with his feelings throughout the novel as he goes from loyal government worker to rebel.
I would have given this book a 5 out of 5 if it hadn't been for the misuse of the word "then." I don't know if it was a typo but whenever I see "more then" instead of "more than," I get really annoyed...
That's all for now. Stay beautiful x