I anticipated reading this book for a long time, so the hype might have overshadowed the book for me a bit. There's a lot to love: Knecht's language is so sparse yet descriptive. I felt like I was at the coffee shops and offices alongside Vera. This novel is very specific in time and place; I loved learning about the politics of the era, and the importance of surveillance and counter surveillance. I applaud Vera's unerring perseverance, unapologetic pluck, and believe in herself. This book is not a traditional spy novel - it's a slow burn, female driven intriguing novel.