ARC Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Book Blurb

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.

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Toot's Review

Two girls times eleven summers, divided by one ocean and one war…

When Charlie’s cousin Rose goes missing after the war, Charlie will stop at nothing to find her. During her many inquiries from America to London, her case comes across the desk of a clerk named Eve. Eve has her own stories to tell, especially of war and intrigue but on a rainy night when a young woman comes knocking on her door named Charlie, the two unlikely ladies lives will intersect in a way no one foresaw to discover the mystery of what happened to Rose. 

This epic story takes the reader and a host of characters though Eve's past up right up to the present 1940's to solve the unraveling and bisecting mysteries in this historical fiction thriller from Kate Quinn.

I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a historical fan but toss in strong heroines, mystery, intrigue and adventure and I’m all over it and boy does this book deliver. I was turning pages from the beginning trying to solve the mystery and wanting to dive in and help wherever I could as well. What the heck happened to Rose??? I loved this book and I seriously couldn’t put it down. It’s told from a dual POV with flashes back in time to give the reader some back story. I honestly think that if this is your cuppa, you’ll love it and even if it isn’t, give it a try. It’s a very interesting fictional tale that will leave you wanting more.

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