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07 June 2017

Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

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 matter where it leads.

Source: Review Consideration 

5 Words: War, family, secrets, lies, spies.

I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked this up but I do know that I absolutely loved it.

I loved how adventurous the whole story felt. It is split between two times and two characters, and even at the start I pretty much knew how it would ultimately pan out - but this didn't affect my enjoyment and I kept reading on hoping that I'd get the ending I hoped for.

My favourite character was probably Eve, just because of the journey she went on. The Eve you meet in the earlier timeline is so different from the later one, and seeing how she got there was fantastic, especially as the introduction to her character is as an embittered hermit.

I loved the descriptions in the writing, how vivid they were, and I loved the narrative style and how the stories came together, with the mysteries of the past - and what happened to Rose - slowly revealed.

I would absolutely recommend this book to fans of historical fiction.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like such a good read! I honestly don't know much about the First World War, apart from how bloody it was, and historical fiction is such a great way to spark an interest! Once intern season gets settled into a rhythm, I'll have to make time for some fiction.



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