This novel was my first Audible in a long, long time. Since I’m back in the USA and driving a car again for awhile, I decided to join Audible again.
At first I groaned and thought I wasn’t going to like this book because the reader’s American voice was grating on me…but her other accents; German, French and British were astonishingly on point. So I kept listening. I’m glad I did.
This remarkable story follows two women – one a spy in the Alice Network during World War I. The second an American socialite trying to find her missing cousin just after World War II.
Charlie, the young American woman, unwed but pregnant, brainy but frightened. Charlie’s loss of her brother to the war has pushed her to try to find her missing French cousin who has not been heard from in several years. Charlie has a name on a scrap of paper so she flees her domineering mother and heads to London.
In London Charlie finds Eve Gardner; drunk, rude, foul mouthed and vulgar . Eve wants nothing to do with Charlie or anyone else for that matter. Since the end of the war she has drunk her troubles away.
But the two eventually begin a journey in search of cousin Rose, accompanied by Eve’s driver Finn. It’s an unlikely threesome, who unravel a thirty year old story and find danger, violence and heartbreak as well as long seething revenge in a heart wrenching plot of war, espionage, torture, loss, family and love.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Four stars for The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
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I don’t usually read novels, but this has an historical backdrop, set in a time I’m very interested in. I suppose you might say I look at books like this being less novel than crime dramas. I’m going to have a listen even though I too find Americans speaking with a British accent grating. Nice review.August 1, 2019 at 12:49 pm
I read this a couple of months ago for a book club and really enjoyed it. Great choice!August 2, 2019 at 6:05 am