Maggie is too successful at her borrowed job and Margot is afraid the “new girl” is trying to steal her entire life. Although her husband tries to reassure her, Margot has an overwhelming sense of danger and, this being a thriller, she is absolutely right; the danger is all the scarier because it comes from somewhere unexpected. Walker’s inside knowledge of the fashion world will fascinate civilians, while her superbly paced plot keeps you up all night, compulsively turning pages.
Allon ages in something like real time over the series, which brings a useful topicality. In The New Girl he is entangled with Saudi Arabia as he tries to rescue the kidnapped daughter of Khalid bin Mohammed, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Bin Mohammed was a reformer but is now reviled after the gruesome death of a dissident journalist. Sound familiar? Silva is enjoying himself, playing with the form, but there are also some sharp exchanges. “You were supposed to be different, Khalid,” laments Allon. “You were supposed to be the one who was going to change the Middle East and the Islamic world.”