A New York Times Bestseller
“Fraught with danger, filled with mystery, and meticulously researched, The Lost Girls of Paris is a fascinating tale of the hidden women who helped to win the war.” —Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours
From the author of the runaway bestseller The Orphan’s Tale comes a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female secret agents during World War II.
One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs—each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.
Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayal.
Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances.
A Cosmopolitan Best Book Club Book, PopSugar Must-Read, and Glamour Best of 2019
“An intriguing mystery and a captivating heroine make The Lost Girls of Paris a read to savor!” —Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Best-selling historical novelist Pam Jenoff spins a fascinating and romantic story about women who served as secret agents during World War II. In 1946, New Yorker Grace Healey discovers an abandoned suitcase holding a dozen photos of mysterious women. Grace goes in search of their stories, setting up Jenoff to explore the journeys of Eleanor—the commander of a squadron of female spies deployed across Europe—and Marie, a young French woman who finds herself in over her head behind enemy lines. With its strong female relationships, passion, and betrayal, The Lost Girls of Paris is a thriller with a romantic heart.
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Outstanding insight into history
Towards the end, couldn’t put it down. Jenoff has whet my appetite for more historical fiction. Nice job!
The lost girls of Paris
This was an interesting subject, but Jenoff’s plot points were implausible and handled in a sophomoric style.
The Lost Girls of Paris.
Captivating story of everyday women, asked to leave their jobs, their families, their homes, vanish without a trace, and risk their lives to help their country. Enduring harsh mental and physical training in such a brief time period, inadequate at best, thrust into enemy-held territory, these women risked it all. Truly forgotten and diminished in a male-dominated war, their contributions still go unnoticed and uncelebrated today.
The writer lived in and captured the hearts and minds of each character so eloquently, so tenderly, as if she herself lived each life uniquely. Such a profound story! I could not put it down!