Book Review: The Lost Girls of Paris

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World War 2 historical fiction/mystery.

This was the choice for my monthly book club for work, and it was a fine read. I am honestly a bit tired of these white women of WW2 stories, since it seems to be it’s own subgenre lately, but this one was pretty enjoyable. Overall, of the WW2 women’s stories I’ve read I think I prefer The Alice Network to this, but I didn’t find this book to be bad.

The Lost Girls of Paris is told in three timelines. Eleanor, who sets up a female spy network for the British in WW2; Marie, a recruit who is sent into the field in France; and Grace, a widow who stumbes upon a suitcase in Grand Central Station that contains photos of the female spy’s. Grace is determined to figure out who these women were and their stories, and the book is told from her perspective searching for their identities while jumping to Eleanor and Marie years prior.

The premise of this book is great. Eleanor is based on a real person from history, and I often wished that I could just read her story. Marie was an interesting character up until she inevitably met a man, and then things went downhill for me. All the men in this book are pointless and only led to pointlessly dramatic love stories. Marie was kind of dumb yet interesting on her own, and as soon as the love interest was introduced it felt like her priorities, which had entirely been on her daughter before that point, COMPLETELY shifted and the book suffered because of it.

Overall it was an enjoyable quarantine read. The audiobook was especially enjoyable as three different women played each of the characters and they all did a great job. I would give this around 3 or 3.5 stars. If you like historical fiction, you’l likely enjoy this!

Title: The Lost Girls of Paris
Author: Pam Jenoff
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 377
ISBN: 9780778308614

Three Descriptors: Detailed, Descriptive, Based on Real Events

Read Alikes:
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
The Alice Network by
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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