On the surface, Anna Witherall personifies everything the aspirational magazine she works for represents. Married to her university boyfriend David, she has a beautiful home and gorgeous three-year-old twin daughters, Stella and Rose. But beneath the veneer of success and happiness, Anna is hiding a dark secret, one that threatens to unravel everything she has worked so hard to create.
As Anna finds herself drawn into the dark and highly controlled world of secret intelligence, she is forced to question her family’s safety, and her own. Only one thing is certain: in order to protect her children, she must leave them, forever.
And someone is watching. Someone she thought she could trust. Someone who is determined to make them all pay.
The Most Difficult Thing is a beautifully lyrical domestic drama and espionage hybrid with two very different but very engaging women at the heart of it .
Lies and deceit are at the centre of a seemingly strong and powerful marriage and Charlotte Philby takes the reader on an emotional and riveting journey through the lives of Anna and her “Nanny” Maria keeping things edgy and off kilter, never quite sure where the truth lies between all the shades of grey.
This makes for a compelling page turner that holds attention throughout, leading you to a classically thought provoking finale. Character is key here but I won’t give anything away, this is a book best read cold, it’s emotional impact coming from often unexpected directions.
I loved it. Different and fascinating, a really excellent read.