Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

June 6, 2017
William Morrow Paperbacks
Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher


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 truth matter where it leads.

My Thoughts

If you're going to read one book this summer, let it be The Alice Network. Kate Quinn has written an epic story based on the lives of the real Alice Network, a group of women spies during World War I.
This book is both tragic and wonderful. And one of the best books of 2017. The Alice Network is sure to keep you up way past your bedtime. 

1947, Charlie St. Clair steps off a boat with a piece of paper with Evelyn Gardiner's name written on it. Desperate to flee her controlling mother, Charlie boards a train in hopes that Evelyn (Eve) can help Charlie find her missing cousin. The woman Charlie encounters is rough, mean, and clearly haunted by events of the past.

Eve Gardiner is ahead of her time in 1915. She longs to be of use to the war effort. When an unexpected opportunity knocks on her door, Eve jumps at it, which leads her to be part of The Alice Network. Danger doesn't deter Eve from the mission, and she must do whatever it takes to try to end the war.

Told in a duel timeline, the events in the book have you on the edge of your seat. Eve and Charlie's stories, though separate at first, mingle together in a tantalizing way. Quinn doesn't back down from some of the questionable events the women often had to endure. And this book is one hell of a ride.

Once I picked up this book it was hard to put down. Do yourself a favor and read this book!

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