The Spy's Daughter
Meet Pearl Tao: an American girl with a lethal secret.
Pearl longs for the life of a normal American teenager: summers at the pool, friends, backyard barbeques in the Washington DC scrubs. But she is different.
Pearl has a gift for mathematics, a college sponsorship from a secretive technology
corporation, and a family riven with anger and dysfunction. And it's only now, at nineteen years old that she has started to understand what role she has to play. What her parents intend for her.
For Pear Tao, any hope of escape lies with two British spies: Trish Patterson, sidelined in disgrace, and Philip Mangan, cover blown and discredited - and following his own trail of corruption. Finding out the truth about Pearl will be the most urgent, the most dangerous mission they will ever undertake.
The Spy's Daughter is the third novel from Adam Brookes, a tense spy story that holds your attention all the way through. Brookes's sense of setting is very important to the plot and he describes his locations very well, drawing on his own experience of being a journalist and living in China and America. This is especially apparent when Pearl takes to the road on the run from who ever her misguided parents have gotten her involved with. The pace builds up slowly and really hits it stride halfway through when the cat and mouse game really picks up speed.
Brookes's characters are very well written and you get a real sense of the desperation that young Pearl is facing, as she gets deeper into the web of lies and deceit she uncovers. Pearl's only hope is Philip Mangan a gentle, reassuring character. Alongside Trish Patterson, where underneath her hard exterior she is fighting to keep her ghosts at bay, it is clear her drive to help the vulnerable young girl puts her in a difficult position.
Brookes switches from Pearl's point of view to that of Mangan and Patterson and this works particularly well as we see the different pieces of the jigsaw being put together. As with any good spy story the plot is thick with intrigue and espionage and is a good a spy novel as any you will read.