Book Review: Sira by María Dueñas

October 5, 2023


Sira by María Dueñas is a sequel to the international best-seller The Time in Between. The story follows seamstress turned spy Sira Quiroga post World War II.

  • 605 pages
  • Publisher ‏ : Amazon Crossing
  • Language ‏ : English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : 1662501013

Book Review: Sira by María Dueñas
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I was excited to read this book because I tremendously enjoyed The Time in Between. The story takes place in several places I’ve been to, and am familiar with their history.

Sira by María Dueñas, reads much like a history book instead of a novel. There is a lot of information thrown at the reader, the plot is dull, and the narrative is repetitive. There are no insights and the whole story-line only moves forward based on coincidences and implausible situations. Some strange tangent about a piece of jewelry lost by María Eva Duarte de Perón, better known as just Eva Perón or by the nickname Evita, takes a quarter of the book and I still have no idea why it would be such a big deal. This plot line worked in The Three Musketeers, but here it was just tedious.

The author’s talent shines through, there are great passages here and there, but I had to trudge through hundreds of pages to find them. There’s no focus or a clear objective in the plot, each of the four parts has very little to do with the previous part.
The whole book simply doesn’t flow, and worst – it’s boring.

Instead of connecting, once again, with Sira, I found myself just “reading to finish”. Once finishing a chapter, I found myself putting the book down and not excited to get back into it – every chapter one after the other. After reading three-quarters of the book I finally put it down.


Sira Quiroga, no longer a spy, married a British diplomat and is living in Jerusalem under the British Mandate. When her husband, Marcus Logan, dies in a bomb planted by Jewish extremists, she returns to Spain adopting the identity of a journalist following Eva Perón’s Rainbow tour.

Sira’s street smart and bravery are put to the test in Franco’s Madrid, and later on in Tangier, Morocco. With danger along the way, she witnesses some important historical events.

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