Book Review: The Helsinki Affair by Anna Pitoniak

September 21, 2023


The Helsinki Affair by Anna Pitoniak is a globe trotting espionage thriller about a CIA agent attempting to stop stock market manipulation by Russia. Ms. Pitoniak worked in the publishing industry before becoming an author.

  • 368 pages
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1668014742

Book Review: The Helsinki Affair by Anna Pitoniak
My rating for The Helsinki Affair – 5

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I enjoyed this book very much. It has a lot going for it, an exciting adventure, great characters, moral and personal stakes, as well as a great plot which I could certainly see happening.

I really enjoyed the ability of the author to understand misinformation, meme stocks, and the manipulation involved. For me, this whole aspect of The Helsinki Affair by Anna Pitoniak was the highlight.

This is the first book I read by Ms. Pitoniak, and she is a gifted writer. The pace is excellent, the characters are interesting, and the plot is very intriguing. I’ve read several espionage books featuring female protagonists, it’s a nice change from the male-centric fantasy of James Bond. I have to admit that I enjoyed the majority of these novels, regardless of sex they’re just well written with strong, intriguing characters. The author herself, in the forward, admitted that she wrote this book because she wanted a spy thriller

The book goes back and forth in time to Amanda’s father, Charlie Cole’s Cold War days in Helsinki. We get more background information as Amanda pursues her current case, privy to what she knows and the layers she uncovers.

Despite the seemingly complex plot, involving many characters and financial crimes, I found it easy to follow. I’m looking forward to see if it is is part of a series, or just a standalone book. Either is fine, and I did not get the impression that Ms. Pitoniak wrote this book with a series in mind.


Amanda Cole followed the footsteps of her father and joined the CIA. A Russian man walks into the Rome embassy, where Amanda works, and informs them that a US Senator is about to be assassinated in Egypt.

Amanda follows up on the tip, and when it comes to pass it opens up a whole can of global espionage shenanigans. Joining Amanda are Kath Frost, a legend in the agency, as they get closer to the uncomfortable truth.

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