The Alice Network

The Alice Network

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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"--
Publisher: New York :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062654199
0062654195
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 503, 14 pages : map ; 21 cm

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Suspenseful historical fiction about the lives of courageous female spies in World War I- fans of The Nightingale and Code Name Verity are sure to enjoy it. - Kelli


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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW May 16, 2019

I am very late to the party in reading this, but I'm glad I finally picked it up, and can absolutely understand why it's been so popular. It's not really doing anything new -- dual-timeline World War I/II historical fiction is hardly uncharted territory -- but I think it's doing what it does extremely well. It is unquestionably one of the best uses of the alternating timelines I've ever seen -- I thought both the 1915 storyline and the 1947 storyline were equally interesting, and thought they were woven together perfectly. This is a perfect mixture of wartime espionage and a journey of self-discovery and a bit of romance, and I really enjoyed it. It's also incredibly readable -- despite being 500 pages long, I got through it in only a couple of days. Be sure not to skip the author's note at the end -- the amount of content in this book that is real, true history was fascinating to read about.

PerthEastLibrary Mar 21, 2019

The Caught Read-Handed Book Club read this book for their March meeting. Everyone enjoyed this book, and found it intriguing that it was based on real history. There was discussion surrounding Eve and Charlie as characters, the decisions they made, PTSD, and if/how we treat it in 2019. We were left wanting to know more about certain characters, and thought that it would be an interesting book to be made into a movie.

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Tica77
Mar 19, 2019

I read this book in a couple of days. Based partially on a true person, the author has woven the lives of real and fictitious individuals to describe the history of women spies during the First World War. Quinn alternates between 1915 and 1947 to describe the life of Evelyn and how she is able, thirty years later, to find peace due in large part to the love and support of young American Charlie (Charlotte) and Scotman Finn. The suspense continues throughout the book. Highly recommended.

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Suellen1111
Mar 07, 2019

Excellent! Well written with fully developed characters and an intricate story line. The move between time frames was handled with a minimum of confusion. A good story about strong women in charge of their own lives.

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Zoelexi777
Mar 05, 2019

What a fabulous book that is based on fact. I could not put it down. It is the story of a group of women spies during WW1 and the atrocities they endured.

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kvantrump
Feb 13, 2019

Intriguing. Now I want to go to Grasse, France because of the flower fields

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 11, 2019

The Alice Network is a story about bravery, forgiveness and acceptances. The author’s choice of writing in two people’s perspectives was enthralling. The two are so different and as we hear their two stories we see points of similarities and points of complete divergence. You will truly get a glimpse into what life was like for those living in a time of war, let alone that of a spy. However, I must say that Charlie’s perspective at times felt redundant and she lacked the maturity that the rest of the story made way for us to believe that she would have. I was usually not looking forward to her storyline and wanted to read more about Eve’s, the spy. This is the only major flaw I see in this book; since Charlie’s story wasn’t as interesting it presented a big imbalance in the story telling. Overall, I would rate this book 4/5. This said if you like historically fiction, or realistic fiction this is worth a read.
@Pandora of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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maipenrai
Feb 10, 2019

Excellent character development and interweaving of World Wars I and II. I liked that the story focused on women who worked as spies and couriers. Recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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JH66205
Jan 24, 2019

Could not put it down! There have been quite a few war novels lately but this one is truly a page turner.

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gcarberry
Jan 17, 2019

Outstanding read !

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Sep 17, 2018

“There are two kinds of flowers when it comes to women,” Eve said. “The kind that sit safe in a beautiful vase, or the kind that survive in any conditions . . . even in evil. Lili was the latter. Which are you?” - p. 336

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