Book Review: The Alice Network

The Alice Network


I just finished another great book! I was surprised that I really enjoyed The Alice Network. This isn’t normally the kind of book I would read. It is historical fiction, and that really isn’t my thing. That is really more of Charlie’s type of book. To be honest, the only reason I picked it up was because Reese Witherspoon chose it for her bookclub pick a few months ago. I have liked other books that she has either talked about or recommended, so I decided to give this one a try.


The Alice Network is two parallel stories – one is just after World War II in 1947. Charlie is in college, unwed and pregnant, when she embarks on a journey to find her lost French cousin Rose. Rose has not been heard from since before the war was over, and even though her parents believe she is dead, Charlie is convinced she is alive.


The other story is during World War I in 1915. Eve, an English file girl with a stutter,  is recruited to join a network of female spies (called The Alice Network) in France. She is sent to Lille, which is occupied by the Germans and work for the leader of the Alice Network.


Thirty years later, trying to forget the horrors of war and haunted by her guilt, Eve spends her days drunk and hiding away in her London home. That is, until Charlie comes knocking at her door looking for answers that leads them both on a hunt for the truth.


Even though it is normally not my thing, I could not put down The Alice Network. It took me about a week to read it, but only because I kept having to go to work! I couldn’t wait to get home and pick it back up. It was so well written, and I loved the way the two stories intertwined. After I finished, I read the afterward that parts of the book were based on real events and people, which made it even more interesting.


Even if historical fiction isn’t your thing, I highly recommend this book and think you should give it a try. I am not going to run out and read other historical fiction, but I really, really enjoyed this one!


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