Review The Other Woman: A Novel by Daniel Silva

From Daniel Silva, the #1 New York Timesbestselling author, comes a modern masterpiece of espionage, love, and betrayal

She was his best-kept secret …

In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken from her in treason’s name. The woman is the keeper of the Kremlin’s most closely guarded secret. Long ago, the KGB inserted a mole into the heart of the West—a mole who stands on the doorstep of ultimate power.

Only one man can unravel the conspiracy: Gabriel Allon, the legendary art restorer and assassin who serves as the chief of Israel’s vaunted secret intelligence service. Gabriel has battled the dark forces of the new Russia before, at great personal cost. Now he and the Russians will engage in a final epic showdown, with the fate of the postwar global order hanging in the balance.

Gabriel is lured into the hunt for the traitor after his most important asset inside Russian intelligence is brutally assassinated while trying to defect in Vienna. His quest for the truth will lead him backward in time, to the twentieth century’s greatest act of treason, and, finally, to a spellbinding climax along the banks of the Potomac River outside Washington that will leave readers breathless.

Fast as a bullet, hauntingly beautiful, and filled with stunning double-crosses and twists of plot, The Other Woman is a tour de force that proves once again that “of all those writing spy novels today, Daniel Silva is quite simply the best” (Kansas City Star).



“Another jewel in the bedazzling crown of a spy-fiction master….There is an even more elaborately detailed backstory than usual, and it is every bit as compelling as the tension-drenched drama slowly unspooling in the present and leading to a socko finale.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Excellent….Readers will be enthralled by both the history and the up-to-the-minute plot that Silva spins with such finesse.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Always riveting….Gripping.” (Kirkus (starred review))

“Perhaps his most enthralling novel to date. Twists, turns, and nonstop action fill every page…. An instant classic from Daniel Silva, whose latest masterpiece puts him firmly alongside le Carré and Forsyth as one of the greatest spy novelists of all time.” (The Real Book Spy)

“If someone were to ever commission the building of a Mount Rushmore for thriller writers, Daniel Silva’s face would surely be featured on it… The Other Woman is an instant classic from Daniel Silva, who continues building his legacy as one of the greatest spy novelists the genre has ever known.”

Praise for House of Spies:  “A tense, thrilling adventure…. With Silva’s novels you find yourself being educated as well as being entertained…. Silva is that rarity of rarities, a writer whose stories just keep getting better.” (Huffington Post)

“Silva spins his web, lays his traps, stuns the reader with mind-curdling suspense and sudden twists…. Breathtaking.” (Providence Journal)

“An irresistible thriller…. The phrase ‘#1 New York Times best-selling author’ gets bandied about a lot (Which list? For how long?), but in Silva’s case, it means exactly what it says.” (Booklist, starred review)

“Silva’s success lies in his mix of authenticity and charm; his swings from global fears to domestic comforts.… There’s exotic scenery, insight into both history and current events, wit, romance, and a lot of heart…. It’s a recipe that keeps his readers coming back for more.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette )

“Written by one of our greatest living spy novelists, House of Spies gives us protagonist Gabriel Allon in his 17th adventure. The novel features Silva’s taut and compelling dialogue and keen insight into the human psyche.” (Dallas Morning News )

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Top customer reviews

I count on a book by Daniel Silva every July, and am never disappointed in his work. I respect the fact that it must be hard to deliver a new story every year. I particularly enjoyed Allon’s interaction with his growing children in this book, and would like to see more of that. I like the way Allon’s character is aging. Chiara doesn’t have much of a stage in The Other Woman, and I did not see the banter between these two that I’ve read in previous books. But Silva’s elegant prose is there, the meticulous weaving of his story. Thank you for never disappointing, Daniel Silva.
Diane D
Once again Daniel Silva provides the ultimate spy novel. His prescient style seems to be ripped from the headlines when readers know the book has been a year in the making. Even though I knew who the mole was early on in the book, it didn’t take away from the excitement of seeing how Gabriel Allon would find and trap the mole.
Gabriel Allon puts James Bond and Jason Bourne to shame without resorting to much death and bloodshet (all right, there is a little but not too much). After reading this book, all I can say is I can’t wait until next year to see how Gabriel Allon will save the world one more time.
W. Donahue
I’ve read about half of the Allon series and skipped to this one after hearing Daniel Silva interviewed on radio and emphasizing that this book could be read without having read all the others. That’s certainly true. I enjoyed “The Other Woman” more than most in the series though I have to agree with some of the one and two star reviews that said it was not always easy to follow. The x-ray feature of the Kindle took care of that for me. It’s a very good summer read!


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