The Winter Garden (UK) / Woman In The Shadows (US) : Clara Vine #2

Berlin, 1937. The city radiates glamour and ambition. But danger lurks in every shadow….

Anna Hansen, a bride-to-be, is a pupil at one of Hitler’s notorious Nazi Bride Schools, where young women are schooled on the art of being an SS officer’s wife. Then, one night, she is brutally murdered and left in the gardens of the school. Her death will be hushed up and her life forgotten.

Clara Vine is an actress at Berlin’s famous Ufa studios by day and an undercover British Intelligence agent by night. She knew Anna and is disturbed by news of her death. She cannot understand why someone would want to cover it up, but she soon discovers that Anna’s murder is linked to a far more ominous secret.

With the newly abdicated Edward VIII and his wife Wallis set to arrive in Berlin, and the Mitford sisters dazzling on the social scene, Clara must work in the darkness to find the truth and send it back to London. It is a dangerous path she treads, and it will take everything she has to survive…


An absolute cracker of a and gripping from the start...Thynne expertly maintains the suspense, while evoking the tension of Berlin as the city gathers its strength for war.
Lucy Denyer, Sunday Times
A thoroughly enjoyable read: fast-paced, atmospheric and genuinely suspenseful.
Simon Humphreys, Mail On Sunday Novel of the Week
A thrilling ride
Robert Elms, BBC Radio London
Pre-war Germany's atmosphere of repression, terror and Nazi hubris is vividly evoked in a gripping but sad tale.
Jessica Mann, Literary Review
A thumpingly good read with a strong denouement.
Mariella Frostrup, Daily Mail
A terrific tale of intrigue and fear. Highly recommended.
Sarah Broadhurst, Lovereading
A tantalising mystery
Jamie Portman, Vancouver Sun
As exciting and taut a thriller as the other novels in the Clara Vine series, the fast pace, fascinating plotline and suspense hold readers enthralled. The backdrop and intrigue, along with the possibility of several budding romances, make this a must read for espionage fans.
RT Book Reviews, Top Pick