Katherine Reay

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A Shadow in Moscow

A betrayal at the highest level risks the lives of two courageous female spies: MI6’s best Soviet spy and the CIA’s newest Moscow recruit. As the KGB closes in, a compromise must be struck if either woman hopes to survive.

Vienna, 1954.
After losing everyone she loves in the final days of World War II, Ingrid Bauer agrees to a hasty marriage with a gentle Soviet embassy worker, following him home to Moscow. But nothing deep within the Soviet Union’s totalitarian regime is what it seems, including her new husband, whom Ingrid suspects works for the KGB. Upon her daughter’s birth, Ingrid risks everything and reaches out in hope to the one country she understands and trusts — Britain, the country of her mother’s birth — and starts passing along intelligence to MI6, navigating a world of secrets and lies, and light and shadow.

Washington DC. 1980.
Part of the Foreign Studies Initiative, Anya Kadinova finishes her degree at Georgetown University and boards her flight home to Moscow, leaving behind the man she loves and a country she’s grown to respect. Though raised by dedicated and loyal Soviet parents, Anya soon questions an increasingly oppressive and paranoid Soviet regime at the height of the Cold War. When the KGB murders her best friend, Anya picks sides and contacts the CIA. Working in a military research lab, Anya passes along Soviet military plans and schematics in an effort to end the 1980s arms race.

Alternating between points of view, the past catches up to the present when an unprecedented act of treachery in 1985 threatens all undercover agents operating within the Soviet Union and both women find themselves in a race against time and the KGB.

Katherine Reay is a national bestselling and award-winning author of several novels. She has enjoyed a lifelong affair with books and history, and brings that love to her stories. Katherine has also written one full-length nonfiction work.

She holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and has lived across the country, including Georgia, with a few years in England and Ireland as well. A full-time author and mother of three children, Katherine and her husband currently live outside Chicago, IL.


“Rich with fascinating historical detail and unforgettable characters, A SHADOW IN MOSCOW deftly explores two female spies who will risk everything to change the world. Katherine Reay eloquently portrays the incredible contributions of women in history, the extraordinary depths of love and, perhaps most important of all, the true cost of freedom, in her latest stunning page-turner. A story that will leave readers examining what they hold most dear and positively brimming with hope, this an important, timely tour de force—and a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered if just one person can make a difference.”

Kristy Woodson Harvey, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Wedding Veil

“This riveting story of two female spies operating in Moscow during different eras has everything you could ever want in a novel – suspense, intrigue, compelling characters, exotic settings, deep insight, and gasp-inducing plot twists. A word of advice; clear your calendar before opening A SHADOW IN MOSCOW. Once you start, you won’t be able to stop until you regretfully reach the last page of Katherine Reay’s masterfully written novel.”

Marie Bostwick, New York Times bestselling author of Esme Cahill Fails Spectacularly

“Katherine Reay’s latest has it all—intrigue, twists and turns, acts of bravery and sacrificial love, and an unforgettable Cold War setting with clever and daring women at the helm. An expertly delivered page-turner by a true master of the craft!”

Susan Meissner, USA Today bestselling author of The Nature of Fragile Things

Books by Katherine

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