The Traitor by Ava Glass

Published: September 19, 2023
Pages: 319
Genre: Assassination Thrillers
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Ava Glass is the author of the espionage series Alias Emma. A former civil servant and journalist, she once worked closely with spies, and that experience fuels her writing. Ava is the pseudonym for an international bestselling author who has written more than ten crime novels under another name.

An MI6 operative is found dead, locked in a suitcase inside his own apartment. Despite an exhaustive search, no fingerprints are found at the scene. Emma Makepeace and her handler, Ripley, know an assassination when they see one, and such an obvious murder can mean only one thing: Someone is sending a message.

As she digs into his past, Emma discovers that the unfortunate spy had been investigating two Russian oligarchs based in London. He’d become obsessed with the idea that the two were spies, aided by a third man—whose identity he had yet to uncover. When he shared his findings within MI6 in the weeks before he died, the response came back fast and clear: Drop the investigation and move on. Had he uncovered a secret that cost him his life?

To pick up where he left off without ending up in a suitcase of her own, Emma goes undercover on one of the oligarch’s million-dollar yachts, scheduled to set sail from the Côte d’Azur to Monaco. Under other circumstances, this would be a dream vacation. But if Emma’s real identity gets discovered, it’s a death sentence.

As Emma’s work reveals secrets she’d be safer not knowing, the danger ratchets up. The killer may be closer to home than any of them imagined, and Emma won’t be safe until he—or she—is caught.

“Looks like we’re about to attempt the impossible.”

This book was fast-paced and intense from the beginning! I loved Emma and her passion for her cause and how she was fearless in the moment.

I think this series is going to be brilliant. It’s similar to the Tom Grant series by the incredible Samantha Adair but with a female agent. I love that!

Emma was such a great character. She is intelligent, compassionate, kind, and savvy. She leads with her head and heart but always gets the job done. She is fierce.

The characters were all well-defined and brought this story to life. The plot rolled along quickly; each scene was beautifully crafted. I am looking forward to continuing this fantastic series.

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