This book was the latest read in our Land Mermaids Book Club, and it did not disappoint. We have a member with a penchant for WWII historical fiction. She said she tried not to pick this book, but she just couldn’t help it. I told her #yolo and #beyourself and #sorrynotsorry, cause, you know, I’m cool. In the end, we were all so glad she chose it. Life is too short to not read what you want to read. I’ve been noticing lately how many wonderful books I own and how little time I actually spend reading them. This is something I need to remedy.
Title: The Alice Network
Author: Kate Quinn
Published: June 6, 2017
Format I Read: Kindle
Synopsis: The real-life Alice Network was one of the best spy networks of WWI providing valuable information. And, it was run by a woman. This book tells the story of Eve, a member of the Alice Network during the first world war, and Charlie, a down-on-her-luck American trying to find her missing French cousin after WWII. Eve and Charlie are nothing alike except that the rest of the world has written them off, but when they come together, they soon find they are a powerful force. The past and present collide as they fight their way to freedom from the ghosts that haunt them and the people that try to bring them down.
Thoughts: Holy smokes, you guys. This book was so good! It had it all. Action, adventure, mystery, spies, kick-ass female characters inspired by real life kick-ass women, and a heart-warming romance thrown in for good measure. The book even includes a section at the end telling the story of some of the real-life people that are included in the book. I hope they make this into a movie, and they don’t screw it up. I would love to see these characters come to life even more and bring publicity to the true story of the Alice Network.
The book was written in that back and forth style that seems pretty popular nowadays. The chapters switch between Charlie in the “present” day of 1947 and Eve in the past of 1915. We get to know young Eve and 1947 Eve, which is a nice juxtaposition. Eventually, the past catches up to the present for the climactic ending. There were a few points in the end that I think were glossed over a bit, but overall it was very satisfying. There were definitely times I wanted to do a few fist pumps when Charlie gave it to the people standing in her way. The romance piece of the book was well done too. It was not overly forced, and it didn’t take away from the rest of the story but enhanced it.
I don’t want to say much about the plot because you deserve to let this book unfold as you read it, but know that once you start, it will be hard to put down. If I had lots of money, I would buy multiple copies of this and hand it out to people on the street. That’s how much I loved it. Well worth your reading time!