The Alice Network
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...no matter where it leads.
Well written, great audiobook
I loved the first two-thirds of this book and by then I was hooked and had to listen to the end. I was intreagued by the WWI details--the female spies, the spy networks, the way life varied in different parts of France and England. The research into these aspects was excellent and much appreciated as the author didn't dump info, but fed it out organically. The plot felt contrived, especially as re: the plunky American girl who comes in to rescue everyone. Nonetheless, she moved the story along. Once the war details were light and the story was about the characters personal lives, I was anxious for it to be over, but I was deep in and listened to the end. It's just my personal gripe--historical novels always seem better to me with fewer personal soap operas and more historical details woven throughout--not just front loaded. But, I am only one reader. I'd recommend it! The narrator's ability to switch between French, English, Scottish, and German accents is genius!
It was a terrific book. Loved the historical feel and I could see it all in my mind. Well done!
Loved the audio version. Well done. Loved each character and how loose ends were tied up to make a great ending