Star of the North by D B John


A young American woman disappears without trace from a South Korean Island.

The CIA  recruits her twin sister to uncover the truth.

Now, she must go undercover in the world’s most deadly state.

Every now and then you read a book that you know will stay with you for a long time, welcome to Star of the North.

Opening in 1998 with the disappearance of Susie and her boyfriend, skip forward 12 years to meet Jenna a lecturer in Foreign Affairs and the twin sister of Susie, as a Korean/American the CIA recruit her to uncover the truth, what follows is a story that will haunt and mesmerise.

The story is told from the main viewpoint of three central characters Jenna, Cho and Mrs Moon all seemingly unrelated but something is going to bind their paths together. These characters like everything else about this book are deep and rich, colourful, beautifully portrayed and brought to life on the page.

The pacing of the story is sublime as the action floats between America and North Korea, the narrative in some of the scenes set in Korea is at times harrowing and truly gripping and most definitely will make you wince, you can’t help but live and feel every word.

The plotting and scene setting are second to none, the writing rich, immersive and descriptive. At times heart wrenching in its brutality other times tender and heart warming, follow the story to its climatic ending.

Not knowing anything about life in North Korea you get more than a sense of the bleak and brutal landscape and the limits which people have to endure on a daily basis to survive.

Be warned once you start you won’t want to put the book down, you need to know where the action is going what is going to happen next, your classic page turner.

In today’s political climate this is a thriller bang on for the moment, truly absorbing and deserves to be a huge best seller. Everything about this book screams read me, it has blockbuster written all over it.


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