The Alice Network

by Kate Quinn | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0062654195 Global Overview for this book
Registered by emmejo of Cincinnatus, New York USA on 8/8/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by emmejo from Cincinnatus, New York USA on Thursday, August 8, 2019
I picked this up at the local library's book sale, knowing nothing except what the cover copy said, and not expecting too much, since I suspected that this might be historical chick-lit with a thin spy varnish. Instead I was very impressed by Quinn's characters and her talent for writing vivid scenes!

I was particularly fond of Eve, who we see as both a young, talented spy struggling with the emotional impacts of her dangerous job, and as an older woman who is equally badass, and portrays a hard-drinking, gun-toting, shellshock-suffering war veteran in a role we almost never see women get to play. Of course, we have an inevitable romantic interest with a checkered past for our young runaway-lady character, who generally acts as an audience surrogate, and is the blandest of the main characters. These three play of each other very well, and human connections play a significant role throughout the novel. (The relationships between Eve's spy network are equally interesting, but harder to talk about without spoilers!)

The pacing and plot are not as strong, but my increasing fondness for the characters made pushing through pretty easy.

We also have some gritty wartime scenes and uglier sides of spy work, which the author writes in the same visceral manner as descriptions of Charlie's pregnancy or the beauty of the countryside. The result are a couple of stomach-churning scenes that may not be to every reader's taste, but I also found refreshing (in a grim way) to find in such a women-centric story, where even today there seems to be an assumption that a female audience doesn't want to see such depictions.

Journal Entry 2 by emmejo at Cortland, New York USA on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Released 3 yrs ago (8/12/2019 UTC) at Cortland, New York USA


Sent out as a RABCK

Journal Entry 3 by stringofpearls at Escondido, California USA on Sunday, August 18, 2019
Thanks, emmejo, for reaching out and offering this book on my wishlist. I’m looking forward to reading it, especially after seeing your positive review.

Journal Entry 4 by stringofpearls at Escondido, California USA on Friday, September 13, 2019
A very interesting fictional story that follows two timelines and is based on a real spy network that worked during WW1. Strong women protagonists. The beginning gives no clue of what’s to come and the momentum builds gradually but pays off. As often happens with me, reading this historical fiction book has prompted me to do some research about the real characters and places. In this case, Louise de Bettignies and the village of Oradour-sur-Glane.

Journal Entry 5 by stringofpearls at Escondido, California USA on Friday, May 28, 2021

Released 1 yr ago (5/27/2021 UTC) at Escondido, California USA


Mailed this today to dabercro for the Wishlist Tag rabck. Enjoy!

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Journal Entry 6 by dabercro at Clinton, Utah USA on Wednesday, June 2, 2021
The book was waiting for me whe I returned home from my weekend away. Thanks for the tag and for sending it to me.

Journal Entry 7 by dabercro at Clinton, Utah USA on Friday, November 4, 2022
Another interesting historical fiction of another aspect of WWI & II.
Women spies, the unsung heroes and the part they played in the war effort.

Journal Entry 8 by dabercro at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Friday, February 3, 2023

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Added to my "Books I've Read and Journaled" bookbox.

Journal Entry 9 by Aberpeter at Renton, Washington USA on Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Selected from dabercro's Books I've Read and Journaled bookbox.

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