19 June 2023

A Shadow in Moscow by Katherine Reay Book Tour and Review!


  • Title: A Shadow in Moscow: A Cold War Novel

  • Author: Katherine Reay

  • Genre: Historical Fiction, Espionage Thrillers, Inspirational Fiction

  • Publisher: ‎Harper Muse (June 13, 2023)

  • Length: (384) pages

  • Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook 

  • ISBN: 978-1400243037

  • Tour Dates: June 5-19, 2023

In the thick of the Cold War, a betrayal at the highest level risks the lives of two courageous female spies: MI6’s best Soviet agent and the CIA’s newest Moscow recruit.

Vienna, 1954

After losing everyone she loves in the final days of World War II, Ingrid Bauer agrees to a hasty marriage with a gentle Soviet embassy worker and follows him home to Moscow. But nothing within the Soviet Union’s totalitarian regime is what it seems, including her new husband, whom Ingrid suspects works for the KGB. Inspired by her daughter’s birth, Ingrid risks everything and reaches out in hope to the one country she understands and trusts—Britain, the country of her mother’s birth. She begins passing intelligence to MI6, navigating a world of secrets and lies, light and shadow.

Moscow, 1980

A student in the Foreign Studies Initiative, Anya Kadinova finishes her degree at Georgetown University and boards a flight home to Moscow, leaving behind the man she loves and a country she’s grown to respect. Though raised by dedicated and loyal Soviet parents, Anya soon questions an increasingly oppressive and paranoid regime at the height of the Cold War. Then the KGB murders her best friend and Anya chooses her side. Working in a military research lab, she relays Soviet plans and schematics to the CIA in an effort to end the 1980s arms race.

The past catches up to the present when an unprecedented act of treachery threatens all agents operating within Eastern Europe, and both Ingrid and Anya find themselves in a race for their lives against time and the KGB.


  • “In her nail-biting latest . . . Reay builds an immersive world behind the Iron Curtain, full of competing loyalties and a constant, chilling sense of paranoia. Readers will be enthralled.”— Publishers Weekly

  • ”Rich with fascinating historical detail and unforgettable characters!”— Kristy Woodson Harvey, New York Times Bestselling author of The Wedding Veil

  • “…intrigue, twists and turns, acts of bravery and sacrificial love, and an unforgettable cold war setting with clever daring women at the helm.”— Susan Meissner, USA Today Bestselling author of The Nature of Fragile Things


My Thoughts

A Shadow in Moscow by Katherine Reay is a novel primarily set in Moscow, based on some true events during the Cold War, not really a fan of Russian history but this one intrigued me.

Told in two separate eras, I didn't realize until further into the book that the two female leads were mother and daughter encompassing the years 1944 to 1985 in Moscow, Washington DC. The story delves deep into the Cold War, CIA, and MI6. 

The story was very fast-paced, going back and forth between the two women, their loves and losses told in a manner that was truly believable. Filled with the well-researched history of the years just after WWII and into the 80s. If this kind of book is your cup of tea then I highly recommend it or if you are like me and kind of no interest in the Cold War, give it a shot and you will be glad you did! I give it 5 stars!

I received a copy for review purposes only.

Katherine Reay is a national bestselling and award-winning author who has enjoyed a lifelong affair with books. She publishes both fiction and nonfiction, holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois, with her husband and three children. 



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