“Hope was such a painful thing, far more painful than rage.”
Genre: Historical Fiction
Number of Pages: 532
Perspective: Alternating First + Third
The Alice Network is a story following two women. One is Eve, a spy in World War I. The other is Charlie, a well-off college student shamed by her accidental pregnancy in the aftermath of World War II. Their timelines converge as Charlie goes on a search for her cousin who went missing after the war. For a complete summary, you can go here.
TL;DR: Interesting dual-timeline WWI and WWII novel with great character development.
Full Review: I read this book as a part of our Judging More Than Just The Cover Book Club podcast [check out the spoiler-filled discussion episode here]. This was our second episode, following The Anonymous Girl. So this review will be spoiler-free and the podcast will have more details and thorough analysis.
It took me a long time to get into this book. But I have to add a disclaimer that I hate history. Always have. So historical fiction novels take a lot of work for me to read. I got hooked about 200 pages in as we reached some turning points for the characters. I think I would have gotten sucked in sooner if I had more of an interest in that time period.
I preferred Charlie’s timeline to Eve’s, even though I know that is the opposite of most people. I found Charlie a lot more relatable and I liked seeing an older, more complex Eve. But both parts worked together beautifully. But that made it a very long book to get through.
It is a great introduction into the historical fiction world because of its huge focus on character development, rather than action, fighting, and gore. Even though I don’t typically like history, I enjoyed Quinn’s writing enough that I would read her other books, especially her new release The Huntress.
I definitely recommend this book to people who love strong leading women. This isn’t a James Bond type of spy novel, but I recommend it to fans of history, spies, and intertwining timelines. If you are interested in buying The Alice Network, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
“What did it matter if something scared you, when it simply had to be done?”