The Alice Network – by Kate Quinn – independent book review – Historical Fiction (World War I)


What an interesting read! Original, suspenseful, and full of twists and turns. This is a story about spies, coming of age, friendship, betrayal, revenge, and love. What more could you want? Awarded four stars on Goodreads.

Eve Gardiner, was one of a small group of young women who worked undercover during World War I, spying for the British. Now, appearing much older than her 54 years, she lives reclusively with deep physical and psychological scars.

Charlie St. Clair is a pregnant and unmarried 19 year old who is desperate to find out what happened to a much-loved cousin, who disappeared during the SECOND World War. When circumstances bring these two together, an unlikely friendship develops. The two woman, along with a Scottish World War II veteran, wind up taking a road trip together in France, where all three are forced to confront their individual demons.

Kate Quinn

When you finish the book, there’s a final great payoff. Author Kate Quinn reveals what elements of the book are historically true and how she drew on research to create very believable fiction. It was a real treat to learn how creative she was in crafting a fictional story using so many events that actually happened. Very satisfying!

More about author, Kate Quinn.

You may also be interested in my review of another book by Kate Quinn, THE ROSE CODE.

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