I enjoyed reading Multiple Exposure quite a bit. I was rather surprised about the simplicity of the story and yet it kept me glued to my seat when I was reading. Most of the book felt as close to ‘normal’ life as one could expect from a piece of thriller fiction. I’ve met women who could easily have been Sophie Medina. Unlike characters in other books, I could believe and understand almost every single decision she made. Most of the time there seems to be a need to make some kind of stupid choice just to up the tension.
The last time Sophie talks to her husband is just before she boards a flight home to London. She works as a photographer for a news agency and has been abroad for a couple weeks. After getting home she finds blood and signs of a struggle in the house. Her husband is missing and she calls the authorities, only they aren’t the local police. Her husband was a spook for the U.S. so she calls in ‘his people’ to have the first go around.
Days later a car is found abandoned in the Alps with some of his blood in it. Not only was Nick a spy, he also had a legitimate job with a small oil company that was working in a poor area of Russia itching to declare its independence. His disappearance could easily be related to either job. Then his civilian boss is found murdered in Italy, and the log books of what was discovered go missing. It appeared to be about oil, which means money.
After months of worry and no ransom demands everyone assumes Nick is dead when suddenly there is a reliable report that he has been spotted walking down a street in Russia. Sophie is thrown into emotional turmoil again. The biggest question is ‘if he’s alive, why hasn’t he contacted me?’.
I felt this was a great story and really enjoyed reading it. It is not a fast-paced thriller nor is it a twisted mystery. It is a simply told story with enough mystery to make one wonder who is behind what? It isn’t quite a cozy but it leans that way. I think I’ll have to keep an eye out for some of Ellen Crosby’s other work.
Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Simon & Schuster. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.