The Alice Network - Kate Quinn

The Alice Network

By Kate Quinn

  • Release Date: 2017-06-06
  • Genre: Historical
The Alice Network book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,353 Ratings)

The Alice Network Kate Quinn Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Featuring an exclusive excerpt from Kate Quinn's next incredible historical novel, THE HUNTRESS



One of NPR's Best Books of the Year!

One of Bookbub's Biggest Historical Fiction Books of the Year!

Reese Witherspoon Book Club Summer Reading Pick!

The Girly Book Club Book of the Year!

A Summer Book Pick from Good Housekeeping, Parade, Library Journal, Goodreads, Liz and Lisa, and BookBub

In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

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.

“Both funny and heartbreaking, this epic journey of two courageous women is an unforgettable tale of little-known wartime glory and sacrifice. Quinn knocks it out of the park with this spectacular book!”—Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of America's First Daughter

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User reviews about this book

  • COMPELLING READ! By Cincy Kid 68!

    By JC Cincy Kid
    Haven’t read a book so intense and heart-wrenching yet also so heartwarming- as what Ms. Quinn has very eloquently written. This is beyond (5) STARS- I will definitely be reading more of her work. These (3) women show why the female gender is the stronger- us men are “wimps ” in comparison! JB
  • I want to read it OVER sand OVER again!

    By bookwormkmcc
    I could have never imagined how good this book was going to be. I honestly picked it not knowing what it was truly about but I saw it was a book club pick so I tried it. And I’m glad I did! I love this time era and I also love reading about the holocaust and the nazis and ww1. It was a thrilling storyline, one I could relate to in ways, it was heartbreaking and hilarious (I found myself laughing out loud) and surprising all in one. I would recommend it to certain people and not others due to the vulgar language and the very detailed sexual encounters. That would have been my only complaint because this is a book EVERYONE should be able to read.
  • The Alice Network

    By Lolthankssandwich
    Between the tough language, gratuitous violence and sexuality, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. Definitely dark and not much redemption even until the end. I love this genre and time period but just could have done without so much of it. Too much soul-selling.
  • The Alice Network

    By mbell214
    It’s a real page turner!
  • The Alice Network

    By food counts
    Great story. Compelling read. Characters are developed beautifully. The juxtaposition between the two female characters was fascinating showing how far woman’s options have come. The material provided at the end of the book adds to the story by sorting out fictional from factual people in the book. Learned a lot about history while reading a novel.
  • Must read

    By msg214
    I highly recommend this book- will miss it! Learned quite a bit about the women spy network during the Great War- an incredible journey!
  • The Alice Network

    By Mccannmom
    Fascinating tale bringing real heroism to light. A page-turner I could not put down. This talented story crafter interweaves the intrigue and suspense of a WWI spy with post WWII upheaval through the life of Charlie, a young girl whose lost cousin in France sends 3 unlikely friends on a journey that embraces adventure, then danger as she finds her inner voice and strength. It fills in the fictional backdrop to the real historical figure of the least known but most effective spy of WWI. A MUST READ.
  • I couldn’t put it down

    By Lady Sparhawk
    This is a compelling tale of great personal sacrifice in the face of a terrible enemy- one that the women in the Alice Network were compelled to fight. The consequences were swift or delayed, but all of them paid a great price to free France in two world wars.
  • Les Fleurs du Mal

    By Joanabake
    I loved the mixing of fictional and historical characters in this book, and the evolution of Charlie St Clair from confused spoiled little rich girl to emotional maturity through her harrowing experiences chasing evil and horror across Europe.
  • Exceptional

    By IN1959
    In the era of the introduction of many WWll stories, this one stands at the top of the list. The author deftly interweaves facts and historical tidbits together with her story to make it virtually a history novel. A book you won't want to put down and will rue the day you finish it. Enjoy!

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