Book Review | A Spy at Home


Author: Joseph M. Rinaldo

My Review:

When I first started reading this book I was puzzled as to whether it was a work of fiction or non-fiction. I was sure it was fiction {and it is}, but it reads like it is a true story. I’m not exactly sure how to review it without giving too much away, but here it goes.

Basically the novel is about a CIA Agent who wants to retire so he can get reconnected with his family~ his wife, Louisa and son, Noah~ and get off this roller coaster of a ride he calls a job. His son Noah is a special needs child with Down Syndrome, whom they brought into their lives in a truly unexpected way… you’ll have to read the book to find out how.

Louisa and Garrison “come into” some money in a not so legal way and they decide they are going to move far away to Martinique with Noah and start a brand new life together. Louisa reluctantly gives up her 25 year nursing home job that she loves and so the process beings.

Many things happen that I did not see coming, and life for them seems ok. They have found a way to “give back” to society and live a happy life. Noah gets sick, Garrison gets involved with the CIA again- so many things happen to their family.

A little over halfway through the book,  tragedy strikes and Garrison is forced to make some very tough decisions and I think to come to terms with his own mortality and the mortality of those around him. He faces so many “giants” in their lives that I am not sure how he holds it together.

I would not call this a “feel good” book, but I would say it is a great read. The twists and turns it takes are unexpected and intriguing and will keep you wondering how it will all come to an end right until the last page.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Vicki is a single woman living in Nova Scotia, Canada who loves to read, sing, cook for her friends and family and scrapbook. She loves to keep busy, hang out with her boyfriend and his cat and only sits still long enough to read and review books for "Simply Stacie."

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