The Alice Network

The Alice Network

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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 Pick!

The 2017 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

Publisher: New York :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780062654199
Branch Call Number: FICTION QUI
Characteristics: 503, 14 pages : map ; 21 cm


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Quinn writes the creepiest, deftest villain we've read in a long time, and the strength of the women after him will have you cheering.

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Jessica_c Oct 13, 2017

When Britain declared war on Germany in August 1914, Canada automatically entered the war alongside them. In this gripping novel, a woman who served as a WWI spy helps someone search for a missing cousin after the end of the Second World War. The question is why?

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Oct 08, 2018

This was a really fascinating and moving story of female spies during the war. I enjoyed both the present and past characters, and the mystery and revenge involved.

Sep 22, 2018

Recommended by Erica B L

Sep 17, 2018

With themes of loyalty, friendship, courage, peril, betrayal, hardship, endurance, revenge, love, and redemption - THE ALICE NETWORK has it all. It will appeal to fans of historical fiction, in addition to providing endless topics of discussion for book groups. While THE ALICE NETWORK is far from perfect, it opened my eyes to this little-known piece of history. This is the biggest reason I give it 3.5 stars. After finishing the book I highly recommend reading the Author’s Note, where Kate Quinn clarifies which people and events from the story were real and which were fiction. Additionally she offers an interesting insight into what influenced her to portray a main character in a certain way. Warning: This book contains scenes of violence that may not be suitable for some readers.

I thought the book was fine. Nothing spectacular, but worth reading before bed. While Eve is an interesting and well-developed character, Charlie is another story altogether. She is not only a character ahead of her time, but quite literally a Gen Yer growing up in the 1940s which made her voice and perspective distracting and unbelievable. The story of Eve and the other women of the Alice Network was enjoyable, but I'd be consistently disappointed when next chapter meant I had to go back to Charlie. Charlie's plotline seemed like it was written after Eve's story to extend what should have been a novella into a saleable novel by manufacturing a nifty device [two novels merging together] and a flashy Hollywood-style resolution. If only the novel was as delightful as Lili's morally questionable hats.

Aug 12, 2018

I really loved this book. In general I love historical fiction because it gives us another perspective of or within historical events that bring the history more to life. Through two wonderful characters Charlotte St.Clair and Eve Gardiner we get glimpses into both world wars and their ramifications; they culminate at the end beautifully existing in the same time and place. Through the horror comes sadness, and from the sadness comes hearts filled with happiness. The author also includes some great further reading suggestions related to the topics covered in the book for further reading. This book peeked my interest in a new way as through history it was just mentioned the female element of the wars but the espionage was overlooked as women were suggested to be nothing more than nurses. I will be checking out the other books mentioned in the further reading.

This is going to be one book that I will reread many times and purchase.

Aug 09, 2018

I, like some other readers, did not finish this book due to the violent and depressing aspects of the story. I did, however, find the idea and parts of the story line intriguing. I was unaware of the use of female spies in the great war, and was impressed with the account of their ingenuity and bravery. It was a very dark book, however, and just not to my taste at this point in my life. I am sure that many others will enjoy it more than I did. It is well written for evoking a feel for what those times were like, perhaps a little too realistically for me.

Aug 05, 2018

From Colleen Schwarz. WWI female spies working for Germany

Jul 17, 2018

Mercy, I didn't finish this book, either. I'm getting rather bad about checking out a book and not finishing it if it doesn't grab my attention very quickly. This book almost seemed to be Youth fiction, something about a pregnant American girl at the beginning of WWII being shipped to England by her family to hide her "problem". I just couldn't get into it, and I noticed others had it on hold, so I checked it back in. Good luck to them, I hope they enjoy it more than I did.

Jun 23, 2018

Couldn't stop reading this book. The heroines are all flawed, but their human weaknesses make their courage shine all the brighter. The author does an excellent job of enabling people who haven't experienced life under occupation to comprehend how frightening and oppressive everyday life becomes & let this be a warning to all who think it couldn't happen again. The villain is so awful it's difficult to read at times (serious triggers! Cuidad!) but that makes his comeuppance all the more satisfying. Definitely looking forward to reading other works by this author.

Jun 21, 2018

This is EXACTLY my type of book! It's set during the world wars, has a bit of romance, and features women defying society's expectations. I loved every minute of it.

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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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