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Today I review Wolves of Leninsky Prospekt by Sarah Armstrong. My thanks to Sandstone Press and Ruth Killick for my gifted copy.
💫 Wolves of Leninsky Prospekt by Sarah Armstrong
-Back of the Book
It’s 1973 and Martha has been sent down from Cambridge for distributing left-wing leaflets and doing no work. To escape parental disapproval, she marries her friend Kit, posted to Moscow by the diplomatic service. Kit is gay, so having a wife could keep him safe. In Moscow, Martha struggles to make sense of a difficult but fascinating new world. Who can she trust? Who can she even talk to? She takes Russian lessons, makes the wrong friends, becomes familiar with a strange and wonderful city, and unwittingly becomes a spy.
About the Author
Sarah Armstrong is the author of three novels: The Wolves of Leninsky Prospekt, The Insect Rosary and The Devil in the Snow.
Her short stories have been published in magazines and anthologies, and she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing with the Open University. Sarah lives in Essex with her husband and four children.
💫 Review by Kelly Lacey
So I recently discovered that I love spy thriller reads. So when The Wolves of Leninsky Prospekt came into my life I was thrilled. The cover is very intriguing and I was eager to jump right in.
We meet troubled Martha who is trying to find her way in the world. Totally at a loss of what the next move in her life is. The Christopher her friend suggests they marry and that she come back with him to his job in Russia. Kit is gay (no spoilers it is on the blurb) and he thinks the marriage will work for both of them. With attention being taken away from him and on to his new loving wife. The story is told from Martha’s point of view.
I gave The Wolves of Leninsky Prospekt a three-star rating. Now I have heard that this is the start of a series and usually with book one, it is setting roots and letting us know the characters.
The world building of bringing Russia to life was excellent. I enjoyed walking around Russia with Martha. I even really liked Martha although she has a naivety about her she is still very ballsy to go with Kit.
The pace of the book does not differ. It has a slow tick-tock pace all the way through the book. There are no big action scenes or revelations. It is all the same tone. A bit like a piano metronome, tick tock, tick tock and so forth. That for me was disappointing and made it a rather long read for me as I was easily distracted.
I was also at a loss with the plot. I don’t know anything about Russian history. So I didn’t know who I was supposed to be cheering for. I got totally lost and confused.
I think if you understood more of the history then you would really enjoy the book. I like how it ended so that there is a nice lead into book 2. But for me, the book wasn’t a fit. But I can say with confidence that other readers will adore it.
I enjoyed my time in Russia, with the pickled cabbage smell and the walks with Martha around the forests.
A slow burner spy thriller with likeable characters. Take a trip to Russia with Martha and Kit you won’t forget it!
By Kelly Lacey for Love Books Group
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