The New Girl

The New Girl

A Novel

Book - 2019
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At an exclusive private school in Switzerland, mystery surrounds the identity of the beautiful girl who arrives each morning and leaves each afternoon in a heavily protected motorcade fit for a head of state. She is said to be the daughter of a wealthy international businessman. She is not. And when she is brutally kidnapped across the border in the Haute-Savoie region of France, Gabriel Allon, the legendary chief of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a deadly secret war with an old enemy that will determine the future of the Middle East -- and perhaps the world...
Publisher: New York :, Harper,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062834836
Characteristics: 479 pages ;,24 cm.

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Bookworm1136
May 07, 2020

4 1/2 star read. This book was the 19th in Silva's excellent Gabriel Allon thriller series and was a great read. Allon is called in by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia after his young daughter was kidnapped. Gabriel is the only one who he can trust to try to find his daughter and bring her home. But the conspiracy behind the kidnapping is complex and reaches far beyond what either expects. They are both dangerous men and have dangerous enemies, but the betrayal and intent behind the kidnapping leads to the man at the top of a malignant and lawless state who is acting like a chessmaster moving pieces around a board to suit his own ends. A compelling read that had me finishing the book in a day as I couldn't stop reading it. Another great read.

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Tdruid
May 07, 2020

Interesting, but I wish I had known it is the 21st book in the series! There were sooo many references to past missions, etc, about which I knew nothing. I always like to start at the beginning of a story & see how the characters & relationships build - I’ve never been a person who reads the end of a book 1st.
Enjoyed it enough that I’m waiting for book 1 now - The Kill Artist.

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marykorman
Jan 29, 2020

I have followed this series from the beginning. This book was one of the best.

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jvpastoor
Jan 07, 2020

Read this after The Other Woman

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mtipping
Dec 18, 2019

Good spy novel, should read more of him.

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Keogh
Nov 13, 2019

A compelling, character driven story of an unlikely alliance between Gabriel Allon and a Saudi prince (more sympathetic than his real-world counterpart), when the daughter of the latter is abducted and not all is as it seems. The Israeli spy remains an engaging, tenacious character, and Silva paces the plotline well throughout.

Edmonton reader ( Aug 24 2019) has said it best:
"The real time politics & thinly veiled versions of actual world figures make this a gripping & timely read. But at the bottom of it all is a poignant & personal story line that reminds us innocent people end up being collateral damage as presidents, kings & prime ministers play their games."
Sylva writes for an informed audience. As a writer he falls short when he does not assume his readers are familiar with historical reference and sites. Or, did his editors make him explain the "meddlesome priest" reference (amongst other patronizing explanations) which distract us from an otherwise good read.

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poodlegirl
Oct 12, 2019

I've read every D.S. book he's written. This one was slow and not that exciting except in certain parts. Disappointing.

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harrybosch
Oct 11, 2019

This is not one of Silva's best. Good but not great. I have read all of his books, some more than once, so I can claim to know his style very closely. Gabriel has changed a little in this, he is not normally a wise crack type of man, his business not being anything amusing at all. Could it be that Silva has used a ghostwriter here ? After all , it must be difficult to turn out good work, year after year, undoubtedly under pressure of a publisher's deadline. Lets hope this is a one-time aberration, and not the start of a pattern. I don't think Silva can continue to keep having Gabriel as the Chief of the Israeli Mossad, and also be the main operative agent , doing the "wet work" as they call it. He has to be one or the other. A politician he is not. A great ( and ruthless ) field agent he is. I missed reading of his other career in this one, although he did do an art work of the new girl. I also missed some of his friends in the art world, my favourite being Julian Isherwood.

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DorisWaggoner
Oct 02, 2019

My first Silva thriller. Not sure if I'll read any more. It is indeed a page turner, well written, with some of the characters engaging, others not so much. Silva knows his stuff, including current events in the Middle East. But make no mistake, this is a very violent book. Are they all like this? This one runs the gamut from replays of the recent murder of a Saudi journalist for the Washington Post (somewhat disguised) in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, to a lovely family dinner in Jerusalem between the head of the Israeli Intelligence and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. This is the first time the Crown Prince has been in Israel, and he's being given the grand tour by the man who's trying to him find the perpetrator of the kidnapping and mistreatment of his only child, a beautiful 12 year old who's attending an elite school in Geneva. Interesting premise.

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