"I've read many family histories but none of them have the maturity and depth of this one..." - The Hon Kim Beazley, (former deputy prime minister and leader of the Labor Party)
Moustafine's gripping chronicle balances the personal impact of discovery with skilled geopolitical analysis...Secrets and Spies certainly delivers on its promise of unveiling lethal conspiracies. But it is the Darwinian struggle of ordinary people against overwhelming historical odds that grabs the attention
The Sydney Morning Herald
Secrets and Spies is a cry from the heart. Every page took me further and deeper into an experience listening to the horror stories of people who, though their souls had taken a beating and had survived Stalinism - the darkest of the dark years. Mara Moustafine uses extraordinary descriptive power to bring back to life a family she has never met. She has transformed Stalin's victims into people you can almost touch and speak with, so detailed is her portrayal of their lives, so deep her own angst at the tragedy which beset them. Secrets and Spies is a protest - indignation at the inhumanity of one of this century’s worst evils. A tribute to Moustafine and the past she has turned into a present.
This extraordinary tale of travels, survivals and burdens of suspicion will fascinate readers