The New Girl

The New Girl

A Novel

Book - 2019
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#1 New York Times Bestseller * #1 USA Today Bestseller * #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller

Now you see her. Now you don't. THE NEW GIRL. A thriller of deception, betrayal, and vengeance.

She was covered from head to toe in expensive wool and plaid, the sort of stuff one saw at the Burberry boutique in Harrods. She carried a leather bookbag rather than a nylon backpack. Her patent leather ballet slippers were glossy and bright. She was proper, the new girl, modest. But there was something else about her ...

At an exclusive private school in Switzerland, mystery surrounds the identity of the beautiful raven-haired girl who arrives each morning in a motorcade fit for a head of state. She is said to be the daughter of a wealthy international businessman. In truth, her father is Khalid bin Mohammed, the much-maligned crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Once celebrated for his daring social and religious reforms, he is now reviled for his role in the murder of a dissident journalist. And when his only child is brutally kidnapped, he turns to the one man he can trust to find her before it is too late.

What's done cannot be undone ...

Gabriel Allon, the legendary chief of Israeli intelligence, has spent most of his life fighting terrorists, including the murderous jihadists financed by Saudi Arabia. Prince Khalid--or KBM, as he is known--has pledged to finally break the bond between the Kingdom and radical Islam. For that reason alone, Gabriel regards him as a valuable if flawed partner. Together they will become unlikely allies in a deadly secret war for control of the Middle East. The life of a child, and the throne of Saudi Arabia, hang in the balance. Both men have made their share of enemies. And both have everything to lose.

Filled with dark humor, breathtaking twists of plot, and an unforgettable cast of characters, The New Girl is both a thrilling, page-turning tale of entertainment and a sophisticated study of political alliances and great-power rivalries in a dangerous world. And it is once again proof that Gabriel Allon is "one of fiction's greatest spies" (Kirkus) and Daniel Silva is "quite simply the best" (Kansas City Star) writer of foreign intrigue and suspense at work today.

Publisher: New York, New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780062835406
Characteristics: 479 pages :,map ;,23 cm.


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Aug 11, 2020

have read all of Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon books except the newest. This book does not feel like his other books. The language Allon uses is different. More casual, joking. There is a lot of action, and parts are very exciting . Silva spends a lot of time telling Allon's back story. The book is very tongue in cheek.
Like all of Silva's Gabriel Allon books, you can't read just one.

Jul 18, 2020

An unusual story that commences with a school scenario, its prime focus being on the new affluent student, Jihan Tantavi; and Beatrice Kenton’s interest in her. Why had the character been obsessed to search for the student’s background?. Lucien Villard’s reaction to Beatrice’s inquiry had been relevant considering his involvement with the national police unit. Yet, his concern had created ambiguity. Was he just doing his job or did he have an ulterior motive.

Essentially though, the mother-daughter relationship had been astounding particular in the absence of affection from the maternal parent. An affluent parent would be more protective and affectionate towards her daughter. Yet there was no indication of that fondness. Was that the sole reason why Jihan Tantavi turned out to be an isolated person?
With the story transpiring into a political enterprise; and the involvement of Khalid Bin Mohammed, the future king, the reader loses interest in the story. It makes the reader wonder about his reason for the after hour museum tour.

Jul 10, 2020

This is the second book of Silva that I've read. The story-line was excellent and will read more of his books.

May 07, 2020

4 1/2 star read. This book was the 19th in Silva's excellent Gabriel Allon thriller series and was a great read. Allon is called in by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia after his young daughter was kidnapped. Gabriel is the only one who he can trust to try to find his daughter and bring her home. But the conspiracy behind the kidnapping is complex and reaches far beyond what either expects. They are both dangerous men and have dangerous enemies, but the betrayal and intent behind the kidnapping leads to the man at the top of a malignant and lawless state who is acting like a chessmaster moving pieces around a board to suit his own ends. A compelling read that had me finishing the book in a day as I couldn't stop reading it. Another great read.

May 07, 2020

Interesting, but I wish I had known it is the 21st book in the series! There were sooo many references to past missions, etc, about which I knew nothing. I always like to start at the beginning of a story & see how the characters & relationships build - I’ve never been a person who reads the end of a book 1st.
Enjoyed it enough that I’m waiting for book 1 now - The Kill Artist.

Jan 29, 2020

I have followed this series from the beginning. This book was one of the best.

Jan 07, 2020

Read this after The Other Woman

Dec 18, 2019

Good spy novel, should read more of him.

Nov 13, 2019

A compelling, character driven story of an unlikely alliance between Gabriel Allon and a Saudi prince (more sympathetic than his real-world counterpart), when the daughter of the latter is abducted and not all is as it seems. The Israeli spy remains an engaging, tenacious character, and Silva paces the plotline well throughout.

Edmonton reader ( Aug 24 2019) has said it best:
"The real time politics & thinly veiled versions of actual world figures make this a gripping & timely read. But at the bottom of it all is a poignant & personal story line that reminds us innocent people end up being collateral damage as presidents, kings & prime ministers play their games."
Sylva writes for an informed audience. As a writer he falls short when he does not assume his readers are familiar with historical reference and sites. Or, did his editors make him explain the "meddlesome priest" reference (amongst other patronizing explanations) which distract us from an otherwise good read.

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