After long years of being away from the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I’m going to write about thrillers of all stripes, mysteries, and crime novels for 26 days in April, based on the letters of the alphabet. All posts will be linked here.
After Don’t Let Me Go by Harlan Coben, for the letter E, I bring you Enigma by Robert Harris.
Enigma: Book Description
Bletchley Park: the top-secret landmark of World War Two, where a group of young people were fighting to defeat Hitler, and win the war. March 1943, the Second World War hangs in the balance, and at Bletchley Park a brilliant young codebreaker, Tom Jericho, is facing a double nightmare. The Germans have unaccountably changed their U-boat Enigma code, threatening a massive Allied defeat. And as suspicion grows that there may be a spy inside Bletchley, Jericho’s girlfriend, the beautiful and mysterious Claire Romilly suddenly disappears.
About the author, Robert Harris
Why pick up Enigma by Robert Harris
So I read this historical thriller at a time when there were no ebooks, some time before the turn of the millennium. It wasn’t my book, but part of the collection at the home of a relative who was a huge Harris fan. I loved the cerebral quality of this book–it involved cryptography, after all, and cryptographers were crucial in tilting the war in favor of the Allied Forces. The tension grips you from the very outset, but there isn’t much violence: the mystery is high-stakes, but entirely brain, not brawn.
Alan Turing, the father of modern computer science, makes a cameo appearance, and Tom Jericho’s character is based upon him. The details of cryptography tend to be a little heavy, but my attention span was much higher in that pre-internet period of my life.
I liked that Tom Jericho was a Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie fan–at the time I read this book, I was reading both. He was heartbroken and was having a nervous breakdown, something my young self could identify with at the time, and it helped that the mystery kept unraveling, and we had the ‘spy’ angle with Jericho’s colleague and ex-girlfriend going missing with some important codes.
Enigma is beautifully evocative of that era, the conditions under which the war was fought, not just at the battlefront, as well as the many challenges faced by those living in that time. If you are a WW II fan, by any chance, you would love the book!
Have you read the book Enigma, by Robert Harris ? If yes, what did you think of it? What thrillers have you read lately ?
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