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Liberation Square It S 1952 And Soviet Troops Control British Streets After Winning The Second World War After The Disastrous Failure Of D Day, Britain Is Occupied By Nazi Germany, And Only Rescued By Russian Soldiers Arriving From The East And Americans From The West The Two Superpowers Divide The Nation Between Them, A Wall Running Through London Like A Scar.On The Soviet Side Of The Wall, Jane Cawson Calls Into Her Husband S Medical Practice, Hoping To Surprise Him But Instead She Detects The Perfume Worn By His Former Wife, Lorelei, Star Of Propaganda Films For The New Marxist Regime.Jane Rushes To Confront Them, But Soon Finds Herself Caught Up In The Glamorous Actress S Death.Her Husband Nick Is Arrested For Murder Desperate To Clear His Name, Jane Must Risk The Attention Of The Brutal Secret Police As She Follows A Trail Of Corruption Right To The Highest Levels Of The State And She Might Find She Never Really Knew Her Husband At All ___________ My thanks to Penguin Random House Michael Joseph for an eARC via NetGalley of Gareth Rubin s debut novel Liberation Square in exchange for an honest review I quickly found myself totally caught up in the story and so opted to buy its Audible edition narrated by Nicola Walker and Gareth Rubin to combine listening with my reading I am always intrigued by alternative histories Rubin has set his Cold War crime thriller in an alternative 1952 setting in which Britain was invaded and occupied by Nazi Germany after D Day had failed disastrously and was liberated in 1945 by Soviet and American with the remains of the British troops As with real life Germany in 1946 the country was then divided with the Soviets declaring their part as the Republic of Great Britain led by a committee chaired by Anthony Blunt London is also divided with a wall erected to surround the Democratic United Kingdom DUK section of the city The main character, Jane Cawson, recently married Dr Nick Cawson When she calls into his medical practice she finds that he is not there She detects the scent of the perfume worn by his ex wife, Lorelei, a glamorous actress who had been the star of propaganda films of the new Marxist regime She is immediately suspicious and goes to Lorelei s house to confront them.Instead, she finds Lorelei s body though the circumstances of her death are unclear The police arr Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comThe year is 1952 and World War Two ended seven years ago, but not how we remember it In Liberation Square, the British lost the war and now the UK has been split into two sections, the Democratic United Kingdom lead by the Americans and Republic of Great Britain which is run by the Russian, all that separates the two areas is a huge war, guarded by armed soldiers.Jane Cawson and her new husband Nick, a doctor, have been married for just six months Jane is a teacher currently out of work One afternoon Jane comes down with a migraine and goes to her husband s doctors surgery to see him When she arrives she is informed that he left to go for a walk about an hour ago and they don t know when he will be back.Jane decides to wait for him and enters his office where she discovers a pile of letters, one is scented and she is certain that the smell is that of her husband s ex wife, actress Lorelei Convinced that her new husband is having an affair with his ex wife, Jane goes to Lorelei s house to confront them However, when she arrives Lorelei is in the bath, dead Jane goes for help and the police and her husband soon arrive at the scene.After some questioning, the poli I have always enjoyed alternative histories and this is something a little unusual There are lots of novels where the Germans won the Second World War, but this book takes things in a slightly different direction Imagine the Germans won and were then overthrown by the Russians, leaving a wall which goes right through London and splits the country in two To the North, the Americans look down on a battered, war torn city, which is slowly re building itself To the South, the Russian occupy the land.Part of this country is recognisable, while other sections are different It is 1952 and those in power include Anthony Blunt and Guy Burgess, while Teddy Boys lurk outside milk bars, rationing, as it was despite actually winning the war, was very much in place, the Royal Family are in Scotland and George Orwell was re educated after a book set on a farm, but is, at least, still alive Into this city we meet Jane Cawson, married to a doctor, Nick, for just six months She is concerned with personal matters, than political ones, believing her husband is having an affair with his ex wife, actress Lorelei, the beautiful star of propaganda films When her husband is missing from the office, she fears he is with her Entertaining alternative Cold War history thrillerGareth Rubin has come up with a fascinating alternative universe where a Nazi occupied UK is liberated by Soviet Russia and the USA , and subsequently divided by the two superpowers in a mirror of East West Germany and East West Berlin.The action focuses on a London in the early 1950s divided by a wall on which Checkpoint Charlie is on Oxford Street and the Wall divides Trafalgar Square much like Potsdamer Platz ion Berlin.Rubin uses known personalities of the period to further create an alternative history where the Cambridge Five are holding powerful government positions and Orwell has been sent off for re education.The plot centres around Jane Cawson who suspects her husband of still having a relationship with his former wife, Lorelei, star of propagand

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