The Heat of the Day, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


It is wartime London, and the carelessness of people with no future flows through the evening air.

Stella discovers that her lover Robert is suspected of selling information to the enemy.

Harrison, the British intelligence agent on his trail, wants to bargain, the price for his silence being Stella herself.

Caught between two men and unsure who she can trust, the flimsy structures of Stella's life begin to crumble.




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A few months ago I read The Last September, by the same author, and was blown away - I'd barely heard of her before, and I found myself wondering why I ever read any books that were less good.The Heat Of The Day, however, was more of a slow burner for me. Partly this is because less happens - partly because the structure of the narrative is harder to figure out - and partly because the moral and emotional issues in the book are more dated. (One of the things which made The Last September so amazing for me was the psychological acuity about a young woman awkwardly coming of age - but it's a lot harder for me to judge whether this book is an accurate portrayal of what it feels like when you are told your lover is a spy.)That said, there were some things I really liked about the book - for example, the way the first few chapters established the sense that because of the war, everyone had lost their roots - their traditions - and even their selves. By the end of the book I had decided that the apparent lack of structure might be deliberate - to convey the lack of grounding in people's lives during the war.

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