Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Author: Kate Quinn
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: Publisher
Pages: 528
Reviewer: Marie
Rating: 4 Stars
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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.

Marie's Thoughts
A fascinating and engrossing read, The Alice Network is the kind of historical fiction that dreams are made of. It follows two different story arcs; that of an Alice Network character during 1915, and the other of an American woman on the quest to find her cousin in 1947.

The book is cleverly written, with each chapter alternating between Charlie (in 1947) and Eve (in 1915). Each chapter smartly plays out the ins and outs of these women and the struggles they faced in their respective roles in society. Eve, a spy, putting her life on the line at every turn, and Charlie, a woman faced with a societal stigma and a tenacious need for answers. Each woman is incredible and fascinating in her own right, and the similarities of their story arcs were really eye-opening, as you realize that through all walks of life, the struggles are all the same.

I absolutely loved taking this trip back in time with two extremely well developed characters that prove just how strong women truly were, and continue to be.

I voluntarily read a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

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