A pretty amazing read, this story did not go the way I thought if would. This book was all the hype last year and I fell it was very justified. I wanted to read it sooner, but my library sadly did not get it, so I had to wait for my birthday to get this fantastic read. This is not a novel about ultra cool female spies, this book is about practical spies that you would never expect to be spies. I shows the nitty gritty of the everyday sacrifices a spy has to go through. This novel shows both what England and France went through in both World Wars physically in damage and emotionally.
The Plot: In 1947 Charlie St. Clair travels in war torn England from America to get rid of her problem, a baby who she doesn’t know who the father is and is unwed. Charlie is thrown into this decision still totally not totally on board with it, as her parents are. But Charlie has an alternative reason to come to Europe. Her cousin Rose a french girl went missing during World War II, the cousins were very close, and she wants to know more about her disappearance. She has the name of the investigator and her address. Her mother says she can investigate after the appointment, but soon learns her mother’s real feelings and flees to the investigator. Evelyn “Eve” Gardiner is the investigator, and she is not what Charlie was thinking, she’s a drunk, angry, pistol packing, cripple, that wants nothing to do with helping her. Charlie has one piece of evidence that Eve never had that takes Eve make to her past as a World War I spy in 1915. Charlie and Eve’s future and past are mysteriously intertwined.
What I liked: The three main character’s are really good and well rounded, they each have a past that makes them always not trust other’s. The villain of the story isn’t evil he’s taking advantage of the situation, his pride is his downfall. I like the switching back and forth between Eve and Charlie in different times, Charlie in 1947 and Eve in 1915. This book is written really well with lots of great descriptions and dialogue. It does a great job of describing war torn England and France. There’s a decent amount of humor added in, that works.
What I disliked: The middle slows down a lot, sometimes the Charlie scenes feel like filler to get to the next Eve chapter.
I would recommend this book for people who like historical fiction. People who like strong female characters and feminism. I rated this 4.5 out of 5 stars.