Waiting for Sunrise

Waiting for Sunrise

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Vienna, 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor in town seeking psychotherapy for a troubling ailment, becomes caught up in a feverish affair with a beautiful, enigmatic woman. When she presses rape charges, however, he is mystified. Only a carefully plotted escape--with the help of two mysterious British diplomats--saves him from trial.

The frenzied getaway sets off a chain of events that dismantles Rief 's life as he knows it. He returns to London hoping to banish from memory his traumatic ordeals abroad, but soon the men who helped coordinate his escape recruit him to carry out the murder of a complete stranger. His lover from Vienna shows up nonchalantly at a party, ready to resume their liaison, and before he knows where his new life has taken him, Rief soon finds himself on the trail of a traitor--a man whose bizarre connection to his own family proves a cruel twist of fate.

Waiting for Sunrise is more than a page-turning thriller--it's a riveting investigation of the limits of loyalty, the power of deception and the lengths we'll go to in order to protect our secrets.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2012.
ISBN: 9781443409803
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 10, 2013

In Waiting for Sunrise, William Boyd seems to be trying for intrigue and suspense -- but it never comes off. The characters are neither sympathetic nor menacing, just confused and unconvincing. The plot, rather than unfolding, simply unravels. Boyd alternates the narrative between first and third person, making the story even more disjointed.

For a wartime story, the war itself seems oddly remote. The espionage comes across as trivial and amateurish. There are so many great novels and non-fiction books about the Great War; it's a pity to waste time reading this one.

Jan 26, 2013

An intelligent thriller about deception. The setting in Vienna and themes of psychoanalysis and WW I are interesting.

Aug 24, 2012

I've read several by Boyd and enjoyed some more than others. This, alas, is in the "less enjoyed" pile. The set-up is interesting and the style (different sections in first and third person, some quoted dialogs) is intriguing. But I kept waiting for it to gel--to start to pull things together, and I felt like it never did. It ends up feeling quite limp. It was ultimately quite disappointing.

Lapsus16 Aug 02, 2012

I agree with dcafk, this is a quite predictable book, the plot is not its strongest aspect; perhaps learning about what was going on during the pre-WWI and 1915-18 events is its best redeeming value.

Jul 01, 2012

Lysander Reif goes to Vienna in 1914 for a ?cure? and finds his world in a tangle as the guns of August rumble into his world and across Europe. This is a spy story and about one man?s coming of age. William Boyd just keeps coming up with books worth reading for so many reasons.

Jun 09, 2012

Disappointing. I found this book predictable and I wonder what all the fuss was about as it got generally favorable reviews

Jun 06, 2012

English actor Lysander Rief can't catch a break. Living in 1913 Vienna, where he is being treated by a colleague of Dr. Freud's, Lysander is falsely accused of rape. Through the efforts of two British attaches, he escapes from Austria and is coerced into the British army in time for WWI. His fluency in German and his gift for disguises make him a perfect, though reluctant spy.

rosebud161 Apr 30, 2012

another absorbing book from a terrific writer who is always different and unexpected

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