Book Review: The Alice Network

Title: The Alice Network
32051912Author: Kate Quinn
503 pages, published June 6, 2017
Source: Borrowed from the  library

From Goodreads:

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.



 This book was absolutely fantastic and one of the best books I've read in 2017--definitely the best historical fiction I've read in a long time. Kate Quinn effortlessly tied the two time periods--WW1 and WW2--together in a way that made it hard to stop turning the pages despite the book's 500 page length. 

Usually with books that rotate perspectives (and in this case, time) every chapter, I prefer one or the other and struggle through one chapter to get to the character I like's chapter--not so with this book! Quinn created two absolutely phenomenal female leads in this book and wrote them in such a way that you quickly became emotionally invested in their stories. I admired Eve's bravery and loved Charlie's determination, and absolutely loved supporting characters such as Lily and Finn. You will get emotionally attached to these characters!

Because this book is set in war time, parts of it are pretty violent and disturbing, as you would expect, but don't let that deter you from reading this beautifully written book. It's so emotional and intense and will cause a book hangover like you wouldn't believe! But so worth it.  Knowing the story is based on actual women make this book even better. I highly recommend adding this book to your reading list!

Happy Reading!

Comments

  1. I just reserved this book from the library after seeing how much you loved it. Great review!

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