In 1973 Chile, thirteen-year-old English schoolboy Charlie Norton watches his father walk into the night and never return. Taken in by diplomat Tomas Abrego, his life becomes intricately linked to the family.
Eleven years later, Abrego is the Chilean Ambassador to London and Charlie is reunited with the Abrego sisters. Despite his love for them, he’s unable to prevent Maria falling under the spell of a left-wing revolutionary, or Sophia from being used as a political pawn by her father.
His connection to the family is complicated by the growing evidence that Tomas Abrego was somehow involved in his father’s disappearance.
As the conflict of a family divided by love and politics comes to a head on the night of the 1989 student riots in Santiago, Charlie has to act to save the sisters from an enemy they cannot see.
The Glass Diplomat is a very intriguing, intelligent thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The book drew me in from the start with a intriguing first chapter which immediately piqued my interest and made me want to read more. The pace of the book starts fast and never really lets go as the reader is drawn further into the seedy, violent world the characters inhabit. I’m sorry to say that I knew little about Chile’s history before reading this book but this book really helped open my eyes to their violent history.
Charlie was a very interesting main character. On one hand I liked his drive and courage whilst trying to find out what happened to his father but on the other I wanted to scream at him to stop as I knew things wouldn’t work out well. I loved reading about his developing relation with the two girls and was very happy to see him find some happiness there. I do wanted things to go well for him but had a sinking feeling early on that it wouldn’t.
I haven’t read a book so fast in ages and as late! I simply couldn’t put it down as it was so gripping. I had a bit of a soft spot for Charlie and the girls so wanted to keep reading to check they were ok.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I can’t wait to read more from him.
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book. If you like intelligent, gripping thrillers laced with fascinating history then you’ll love this book!
About The Author:
S R Wilsher writes: ‘It didn’t occur to me to write until I was twenty-two, prompted by reading a disappointing book by an author I’d previously liked. I wrote thirty pages of a story I abandoned because it didn’t work on any level. I moved on to a thriller about lost treasure in Central America; which I finished, but never showed to anyone. Two more went the way of the first, and I forgave the author.
After that I became more interested in people-centric stories. I also decided I needed to get some help with my writing, and studied for a degree with the OU. I chose Psychology partly because it was an easier sell to my family than Creative Writing. But mainly because it suited the changing tastes of my writing. When I look back, so many of my choices have been about my writing.
I’ve been writing all my adult life, but nine years ago I had a kidney transplant which interrupted my career, to everyone’s relief. It did mean my output increased, and I developed a work plan that sees me with two projects on the go at any one time. Although that has taken a hit in recent months as I’m currently renovating a house and getting to know my very new granddaughter.
I write for no other reason than I enjoy it deeply. I like the challenge of making a story work. I get a thrill from tinkering with the structure, of creating characters that I care about, and of manipulating a plot that unravels unpredictably, yet logically. I like to write myself into a corner and then see how I can escape. To me, writing is a puzzle I like to spend my time trying to solve.’