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Impostor Syndrome

av Kathy Wang

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Julia Lerner has been recruited by Russia's intelligence agency to infiltrate a tech firm in Silicon Valley to gain access to data on its users. Leo is her handler. Julia rises quickly to the top, becoming COO and a role model in the industry. She has a successful husband and a baby on the way. She isn't very friendly to other women in the industry, though. When Leo gives her assignment, she is torn, because she likes her success and her life in America, and feels an obligation to her users. Alice Lu, a computer tech notices something strange happening with the servers, and decides to investigate. Will Julia's carefully planned life fall apart? What will happen if she obeys/disobeys the Russian orders?
I enjoyed parts of the book-about work/life balance, some of the conversations between the characters, but the espionage parts seemed a bit disjointed to me. I had high expectations for this book, but I thought it was just OK.
Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC.
  rmarcin | Jul 22, 2021 |
Julia comes to the United States in the early 2000's and works her way up and through the glass ceiling at Tangerine, an internet social media/e-mail site. She is now the COO and her handler has asked her information on targets Russia has picked out as well as locations on them. She balks but knows she must give them something. At the same time she has lived the American dream for over 10 years and is now married and has a baby daughter.

Agnes, a low-level employee at Tangerine, does security checks and discovers that some funny transactions are happening on Tangerine and FreeTalk, a subsidiary of Tangerine. She looks to see who is doing it and then the trouble begins.

I liked this story. I liked Agnes. Julia was kind of aloof to be really likable until she becomes a mother which softens her some. Her thoughts and feelings about her husband, Charlie, are typical when she feels she is doing more than he is and she discovers his betrayals. I also liked Leo, Julia's contact. He is torn between Russia and the United States. His feelings for Julia are confused. Is he a father figure or does the Russian state come before Julia's feelings? Then when his neighbor Miriam does nice and neighborly things for him, he is more confused. He does not want to get involved but it felt good to have someone do something without wanting anything in return.

I did get a little confused about some of the characters as there are many who tell this story especially towards the end. It was an interesting way to tell the story. I felt the ending was abrupt and needed a few more explanations (at least for me.) I would read Kathy Wang again. She kept the story moving and the characters interesting. ( )
  Sheila1957 | Jun 15, 2021 |
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