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Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice NetworkThe Alice Network by Kate Quinn
My rating: cups ☕☕☕☕☕

An intriguing premise, a cast of multilayered and often mysterious characters and a steady paced plot that builds up the tension with every page characterizes Kate Quinn's The Alice Network. This is the first book I have read from the author and it was not disappointing at all.

The book starts in the year 1947, two years after the second world war has ended. Charlie St. Clair is in London enroute to Switzerland for a very special "appointment" that her mother has set up. But Charlie has another road she wants to take, to a woman who might lead her to find her lost cousin Rose. What enfolds next is the story about a group of women who happened to be spies during the first world war. They were known as the Alice Network. Both Charlie and her quest to find Rose, and Eve and her deep abiding hatred for one man intertwined to result in one story that spans decades.

The Alice Network is based on historical facts but rather than a dry retelling of history, the women in this book jumps alive with their words, their experiences and their hopes for the future. The chapters give alternative viewpoints as well as differing time periods but it flows seamlessly in the telling of the story. It has a sort of happily ever after that only time and acceptance can give for Charlie, Finn and Eve. A fitting ending for this wonderful book.

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