Review: THE ALICE NETWORK by Kate Quinn

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“Hope was such a painful thing, far more painful than rage.”


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.

“Poetry is like passion–it should not be merely pretty; it should overwhelm and bruise.”

My Review: 

The Alice Network is a historical fiction novel primarily takes place in France and alternates between the present, 1947 and the past during World War I. Charlie St. Claire is searching for her cousin and teams up with a veteran spy called Eve. I enjoyed reading the alternating chapters between Charlie and Eve. l LOVED learning about Eve’s past as it led up to understanding how she became who she is now. Eve is such an interesting character in the book – I kept wanting more and more. I thought Charlie’s character was smart, strong, and brave. I breezed right through this book! Beautifully written characters, mystery, and a network of female spies…. SERIOUSLY how could you not want to read this book?!! I highly recommend you pick this up NOW!

I rated this book a BEAUTIFUL 5 / 5 stars!

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