It’s always been just Wren and her mother, Hannah. But when Hannah receives a reporting assignment in Greenland, Wren is shipped to Hardwick Hall, Hannah’s alma mater, the boarding school she’s refused to discuss for as long as Wren can remember. After Wren is unsuccessful at befriending her stuck-up suitemate, Honor, she finds an e...
It’s always been just Wren and her mother, Hannah. But when Hannah receives a reporting assignment in Greenland, Wren is shipped to Hardwick Hall, Hannah’s alma mater, the boarding school she’s refused to discuss for as long as Wren can remember. After Wren is unsuccessful at befriending her stuck-up suitemate, Honor, she finds an escape in riding horses and in hanging out with cute rowers, like the adorably crinkly-eyed Nick. She finds her niche in the campus’s underground music scene with Chazzy, a darkly hilarious fellow musician. But soon clues about her mother’s dark past threaten to destroy Wren’s new life.
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“A Boston Globe Best Book of 2016.”
“[Herron is the] le Carré of the future ... the characters are brilliant.”
–BBC Oxford Book Club
“Delightful ... with a dry humor reminiscent of Greene and Waugh. ”
—The Sunday Times on Dead Lions
“A great romp. ”
—Jeff Park, BBC Front Row on Dead Lions
“At heart, there is solid seriousness here as the new Home Secretary unleashes a tiger team (in which your own side tests you to the limit) to expose the weaknesses of British intelligence .... Readers love this series for its breezy treatment of espionage in which you get to cheer for the underdogs while also showing respect for their opponents. Characters are drawn with the sharpest possible pen.”
“All the action you might want from an espionage thriller is to be found in Real Tigers, with betrayal, double-dealing and a fantastically violent climax in an underground facility, but the true pleasures of Mick Herron’s Gold Dagger-winning Slough House series lie elsewhere: in the sharp wit and dry irony and elegant grace of the prose, the razor-sharp characterisation ... Think Le Carré with fewer posh people and laugh-out-loud funny. Mick Herron is the real deal.”
“Masterful ... Deliciously tongue-in-cheek and with a strikingly serpentine construction, it is a thriller that moves Herron close to the class of Graham Greene.”
–The Daily Mail
“Brilliantly twisty ... Fun and thrilling in equal measure, Real Tigers is an absolute joy. ”