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The Alice Network

4.2591,399 votes • 9,865 reviews
Published 06 Jun 2017
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Format Paperback
Publisher William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN 0062654195

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.

"The Alice Network" Reviews

Emily May
- The United Kingdom
Thu, 02 Nov 2017

“Facing a pistol-wielding murderer does tend to put parents further down the list of things to be intimidated by.”

The Alice Network, to put it plainly, is too long a book for one of its two perspectives to not work for me. Most of my three star ratings are "I liked it, but...", though in this case it's more that I liked roughly half of the book and had to force myself not to skim through the other chapters.
Many historical books use the perspectives of two characters more successfully than this one, in my opinion. The first that springs to mind is Orphan Train, a book that also uses two female characters to tell stories in two very different time periods. In this book, Eve's tale during World War I is so gripping and dangerous that the story noticeably slows down and becomes dull when we are forced to return to Charlie's perspective in 1947.
In 1915, Eve Gardiner is recruited as a spy in the Alice Network, based on the very real story of Alice Dubois who led an espionage team in Lille during the First World War. Eve is a fiery character who refuses to be held back by conventional gender roles and the speech impediment she has struggled with her whole life. Going undercover during the German occupation of north-east France, Eve must play a part and, at times, lie through her teeth.
Years later, embittered and drunk, Eve still has nightmares. Then the air-headed American socialite - Charlie St. Clair - walks into her life, demanding to know what happened to her cousin Rose during the Second World War. Eventually, the two women's stories begin to overlap, but there's a whole lot of Charlie's whining and self-pitying to sit through before that happens.
Eve's story is absolutely fascinating. Female secret agents sneaking around under the enemy's nose makes Charlie's road trip to find her cousin seem bland in comparison. One half of this book is a thrilling and terrifying historical adventure; the other half is a love story and an overlong journey across France.
It didn't help that Charlie herself was bratty, immature and selfish. I rolled my eyes so many times during her chapters. And when you consider that this is a 500+ page book, that makes approximately 250 pages that I was reading just to make it through to the good stuff.
The ending pulls the two stories together, but I think by then it was a little too late for me.
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- Bridgeport, CT
Tue, 04 Jul 2017

"The Alice Network" was a nice escape for me. I enjoyed one part of the book but not the other. There are two storylines going on. I absolutely loved the story in 1915 but the story in 1947 was just OK for me. I didn't like the character of Charley nor that storyline. I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction so maybe it's just me. A lot of people loved this book.
I listened to the audio version. The narrator was very good. No problems there.
WWI storyline - 5 Stars
WWII storyline- 2.5 Stars
If you enjoy historical fiction you might really like this book.

Angela M
- The United States
Wed, 24 May 2017

I was introduced to an aspect of war that I haven't read much about - espionage, and even less so to an aspect reflecting the courage and intelligence and iron will of women serving as spies during WWl. Two time frames are connected even though there are two different wars, through the character of Eve Gardiner . She meets Charlie St. Clair in 1947 and we become privy to Eve's fascinating and intriguing life as a spy in 1915 during WWI. Charlie is searching for her cousin Rose, who was living in France during WWII and has not been heard from since. While Eve plays a major role in the more current time frame, at first reluctantly helping Charlie, it is the story of her past that is the most gripping. Having said that I was drawn to Charlie's story as well and admired her persistence and independent spirit. I was on the edge of my seat as Eve puts herself in danger to learn enemy secrets and I held my breath during one horrific scene.
I've read novels about female spies in Code Name Verity and a couple of the Clara Vine stories by Jane Thynne during WWII but this is the first I've read of women spies in WWI and to say I was pulled into this story is putting it mildly. It's over 500 pages and not once did I feel as though the stories were dragged out. In fact it was hard to put down . While the main characters in this novel are fictitious, there are some real people in the story and one of them is the spy known as Alice Dubois, for whom the network of brave women is named ( The real people depicted here as well as knowing that many of the circumstances were true make this so much more meaningful. The author is well known for historical fiction about Rome and I hope to read some of these as well.
I received an advanced copy of this book from William Morrow/HarperCollins through Edelweiss.

Lindsay - Traveling Sister
- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
Sat, 25 Mar 2017

2.5 stars. I'm disappointed in myself for not enjoying this more than I did. I really thought I would love this book, yet I barely even liked it.
I really enjoyed learning about The Alice Network and that amazing piece of history involving female spies. These women were brave secret agents leading double lives during WWII aiding their country in uncovering highly classified information. These unsung heroes risked their lives as much as any soldier on the battlefield and I have so much admiration and respect for them. The Author's Note at the end of the book was wonderful in explaining a lot of historical detail and once I read that, I decided to round up to 3 stars instead of down to 2 stars.
While I enjoyed the educational piece of this novel, I had a very hard time connecting with the storyline and characters. The 1947 storyline centered around Charlie who I had a very hard time with. Her character was highly unlikeable and unrealistic to me, her actions often making me cringe in disgust. She was very selfish and immature and I couldn't find even one ounce of sympathy for her. There were a few things about her character and storyline that I wondered why the author chose to include - they seemed unnecessary and took away from the seriousness of the story for me. I grew to dread reading Charlie's chapters after about the halfway mark. She really took away from my overall enjoyment of this novel.
I know I am in the minority with my feelings toward this book, so please read the numerous other raving reviews before making a decision and please visit the Traveling Sisters link listed below to see how our group had varying reactions and opinions of this book. It was an incredible experience to read this along with my Traveling Sisters Brenda, Norma, Susanne and JanB.
To find our full Traveling Sister Read review, please visit Norma and Brenda's fabulous blog at:

Sat, 11 Mar 2017

“Facing a pistol-wielding murderer does tend to put parents further down the list of things to be intimidated by.”
― Kate Quinn, The Alice Network
This is a very short review, but I couldn't stay completely silent on this book. The Alice Network is excellent, and I might go so far as to say it is among my favorite this year, or even among my favorite historical fiction novels ever. It had everything I wanted - mystery, history, adventure, drama, romance, wit - and though it is quite long, I was never bored. I borrowed this from the library, but will buy a copy now, because I just liked it so much. Highly recommended, Kate Quinn has a new fan!
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- Monroe, CT
Tue, 26 Sep 2017

3 Stars.
The Alice Network was a Traveling Sister Group Read with Norma, Brenda, Lindsay and JanB. The sisters were split on this one, which was quite interesting!
The Premise of The Alice Network is a fascinating one: a historical novel based on the true story of a female spy network which took place during World War I. The best part of it for me however, was reading it with my sisters.
This is a novel told in two timelines.
In 1915: Eve Gardiner and Lilli are spies: Eve is a seemingly innocent, yet brilliant woman who becomes a spy for the Alice Network at the height of World War I. She lies easily and laughs in the face of danger. Eve is funny, tough resilient. A survivor. Lilli teaches Eve everything she needs to know. And Lilli is the best and the brightest female spy ever.
The war, however was tough. Hard fought as well all know. Years later, Eve is angry - a gun toting shell of her former self.
In 1947: Charlie is a young teenage girl who, after getting pregnant, is thrown out of her New York home because of her “situation.” Searching for her cousin Rose, Charlie treks to London. There she meets Eve Gardiner and Finn (her cook and driver). They all form a bond. However, Charlie is childish, idiotic, immature and cringe-worthy, even: calling her child the “little problem,” getting drunk every single night while extremely pregnant, She also had sexual relations with several young men during time period, which frankly just didn’t fit the novel, in my opinion.
Eve’s story was fabulous, had the book been just about her, I would have given it 5 stars. Charlie’s story ruined it for me however (I gave hers 2 stars). The author’s note added a lot to the story, which made me raise the novel to 3 stars.
For the full Traveling Sister’s Group Read Review, please see Norma and Brenda’s blog:
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