In 1947, in the aftermath of World War II, American Charlie St. Clair was pregnant, single and on the verge of being kicked out of her family. She also hopes that her cousin Rose, the sister she never had, is still alive after disappearing in Nazi-occupied France. When Charlie’s family sends her to Europe to sort out her “little problem,” she escapes and travels to London to begin finding out the truth about what happened to Rose. In 1915, Eve Gardiner wanted to join the fight against the Germans. One day, she is offered this when she is recruited as a spy. After training, she is sent to occupied France, working with Lili, codenamed Alice, also known as the “Queen of Spies” as she runs a network right under the enemy’s nose. Thirty years later, Eve’s life was ravaged by a betrayal that tore the Alice network apart. When a young American woman knocks on her door to ask questions, Eve is forced to face her past and discover her own truths.
I really liked this book, The Alice network by Kate Quinn. It’s a bit long, but the way it’s written is so beautiful it was hard to let go. The perspective it was written from was different from other books I’ve read and I think it really added depth and mystery to the story. Another very interesting thing about this book is that some of the characters are real people; for example, Lili was a real person and the real “queen of spies” during WWI. The parts including it were either based on things that actually happened or happened with very minor details changed to include the characters in the book. I really recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading, even if historical fiction is not your thing.
Book of the week is a column on opinion culture written and created by Keenan Yates ’24 used to give weekly book recommendations in the form of short blurbs and reviews.