The Alice Network

The Alice Network

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"It's 1947 and 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 fervent belief that her beloved French cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive somewhere. So when Charlie's family banishes her to Europe to have her "little problem" take care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister. In 1915, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance to serve when she's recruited to work as a spy for the English. Sent into enemy-occupied France during The Great War, 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 launching them both on a mission to find the truth ... no matter where it leads"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062654199
0062654195
Characteristics: 503, 14 pages : map ; 21 cm

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KatG1983
Jan 11, 2018

An incredible look at the work of female spies, particularly during WWI. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and its mysteries, and was delighted to find out that the 'Alice Network' was a real life network of spies run predominantly by a woman. This book has heart, and is a compelling read. I can often find myself criticising the length of a book, and wishing editors had done a better job of streamlining the story; but I wouldn't cut anything out of this 500+ page novel. Definitely recommend this impactful story, which you won't forget anytime soon.

DBRL_ANNEG Dec 30, 2017

This was a very solid read for me--great historical suspense that kept me thinking about it even when I had to set it down. I loved how the author was inspired to write this based on a tidbit of information she found. It's always fun to read great fiction and learn the true stories behind it. The book overall reminded me a bit of Kristin Hannah's book, "The Nightingale," with its strong female characters and should appeal to readers who enjoy fiction based around the world wars.

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behere
Dec 09, 2017

Great read. I enjoyed seeing the character of Charlie grow. The car was a character in itself.

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ApollosRaven
Dec 05, 2017

This wonderful novel fictionalizes the story of a real World War I espionage network. Determined to find her missing cousin in the aftermath of WWII, young and pregnant Charlie St. Clair needs the help of Eve Gardiner - a British spy during WWI whose unfinished business intersects with Charlie's search.

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mnack_0
Dec 02, 2017

Certainly an engaging, well-told story even if a bit convoluted in its switching back and forth between the stories of the two heroines. The description of the horrors of war were pretty graphic. I actually found them quite upsetting and had nightmares for 2 nights following. But that's me...

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r0cdjmg
Nov 16, 2017

Excellent book very worth reading.

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BeckyR21
Nov 13, 2017

What a book! All Hail, Kate Quinn for highlighting this history of female espionage in WWI France. The strength and bravery of these women is inspiring and humbling. Highly recommend.

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rgally
Nov 04, 2017

Everything a good read should be.

Peril, betrayal, loyalty, revenge, love and deep friendships

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pharra19
Oct 21, 2017

A wonderful book about the brave women who became spies during World War 1.
I agree with the reader who said that the Charlie story line was much weaker than Eve's, but overall this is a Must Read!

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lilypad_1
Oct 20, 2017

I was anxious to read about women spies in World War 1 as I didn't know there were any. Eve's story was fascinating. Charlie's and Finn's stories were contrived and the romance was unnecessary in this narrative. I am interesting in learning more about the real Alice Network thanks to this book. The first 3/4th of book was compelling. Author's note at the end with historical facts was helpful.

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