The Alice Network – by Kate Quinn

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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Paperback: 528 pages

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 6 2017)

ISBN-13: 978-0062654199

Synopsis: 1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the “Queen of Spies”, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth…no matter where it leads.

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Split between post-WWII Europe and middle of WWI Europe, this book tells the story of two very different women who are connected in a very deep way. Charlie St. Clair is in search for answers after the disappearance of her cousin Rose at the end of the Second World War and Eve Gardiner is not searching for anything; she is just lost. Then Charlie shows up and gives Eve a reason to search – search for justice.

This book grabbed me from the first page and pulled me into Charlie and Eve’s story, which intertwined decades and two world wars. I loved the female centrality to this book – showing the strength of women during the time of war and their contribution to the war efforts.

The Alice Network was a real network of Allied spies during the First World War. Although the events in this book are fiction, they are based on true events. The message that this book sends along with the story itself is so powerful it will leave you speechless at the end.

This is a must read for all fans for historical fiction – it is right up there on the list with books like The Nightingale.

Rating: 10/10

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