The Defections by Hannah Michell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Not normally my genre, but attracted by the subject matter I decided to curb my need for thrills. As the title suggests the story is about defections, north Koreans going south, but primarily it describes the relationship of Mia, a British embassy translator obsessed with an attractive married diplomat named Thomas. To set up and layout the background of this story takes so long, that only a third remains when you start to get some real action. In this build up we are given an insight into the lives of not only Koreans affected by the division of the country, but also of the diplomats stationed there. With a lot of questions from her childhood unanswered it has left her as an outsider in her own family. Mia tries to overcome this by becoming totally absorbed in her ambition to better herself. Will she succeed in getting the answers she wants?
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