Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The Alice Network

 The Alice Network

Author: Kate Quinn 

Narrator: Saskia Maarlveld

Publisher: Harper Audio

Year: 2017


Synopsis: 1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, 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 desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, 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 launches them both on a mission to find the matter where it leads.

I loved this audiobook! It is a multi-genre story that alternates between World War I and a few years after World War II. The two main characters are memorable and complex. Charlie is a young American woman with her own heartache and a “little problem.” She is desperately searching for her beloved cousin Rose after WWII. Eve agrees to help Charlie look for Rose. But Eve has her own agenda and the story of her bravery and life during WWI unfolds as they search for Rose. Eve is a character who will stay with you for a long time. 

Beautifully written and well paced with the alternating timelines, this is engrossing story of friendship, courage, love and forgiveness. Narrator Saskia Maarleveld’s performance is excellent. This is definitely one of my top ten favorites of the year! 

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