The Alice Network, a highly decorated web of World War I French spies led by a female master spy, has been turned into an enthralling piece of historical fiction by Kate Quinn. Within the first few pages, Quinn plants a question in the reader’s mind that drives the story, demanding an answer.
Quinn takes genuine spies and weaves them into an equally appealing mix of fictional characters. The amount of research she undertook in writing The Alice Network is reflected in the dialogue, personalities and physical characteristics of the real spies as they carry out their dangerous duties. The Alice Network tells the story of clever, courageous women not averse to using unladylike means to an end. It’s a long book, but worth every word.