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In "Safe Houses," author Dan Fesperman superbly melds a character-strong espionage thriller with a suspenseful mystery that also aligns with the #MeToo movement.Like many other women at the CIA during this period, Helen is relegated to a low-level position where she deals with sexism and disrespect.Fesperman supplies plenty of tense scenes, especially during Shoat's younger years, but his affinity for character studies is the novel's driving force.The younger Shoat is a fully formed character – intelligent, strong and just learning her limitations. The older Shoat is more of a shadow until Anna begins to flesh out her mother's life. "Safe Houses" is a superior thriller.
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