Have you read The Lost Girls of Paris?
Thank you for checking out my review of The Lost Girls of Paris! WARNING: This review will contain spoilers. Allow me to share my experiences with you while reading the book and I invite you to do the same. Let’s have a conversation!
Before The Story
My sister recommended this book to me when I was at home unable to climb the stairs to my room to grab anything. She read it and gave it to me weeks ago to check out. I asked her to get me a book from my shelf and she brought back this one. I’m very happy I read it as it was a great adventure!
Genre: Historical fiction.
Keywords: war, espionage, spies, Germany, Paris, friendship, mystery
Point of View: Third person omniscient (each chapter switches to the perspective of one of the three women featured in the story).
Main Characters: Marie, Grace, and Eleanor.
One Sentence Summary: No one will suspect a woman!
It’s always intriguing when fictional stories take place during one of the World Wars. I loved all the spy training scenes and getting a glimpse of what espionage might have looked like back in the 1940s. The way it switched perspectives and years made the storytelling that much more exciting.
First, we start with Grace in 1946 and she finds an abandoned suitcase with old photos. She has to go on a journey to return them. Then we switch to Eleanor a few years earlier and we learn about how she trained female spies and deployed them in Paris. The final perspective is Marie, one of the main spies and one of the few who survived Eleanor’s operation.
As we go through the story we learn more information about what happened in the war, how the government betrayed the woman just to get closer to the German enemies, and how Eleanor died. Marie and Grace finally meet and Grace learns about the female spies who were killed and together they reveal the truth about the conspiracy that Eleanor was trying to unfold.
The Low Lights
Unfortunately, the ending of the book fell a little flat for me. It was revealed that the British government betrayed operatives to fry bigger fish. I would have liked more of a solid answer (or a specific person to blame) about who betrayed the women’s operation and how Marie was ever compromised in the first place. The build up was so big and I just wanted a stronger reasoning behind the conspiracy.
There was talk of Grace’s husband who had died from a car crash, and another female operative who died from the same thing. I thought that would be part of the big reveal, but that was just coincidence. And Eleanor, who is always so detail oriented and vigilant gets hit by a car and dies too. I wish that was part of the conspiracy, but it was just an accident. Unless I missed something? Her death was just so sudden and the way she was wandering the street was so uncharacteristic.
Lastly, the relationship between Marie and the leader of the resistance circuit in Paris happened way too quickly. Suddenly, they’re in love and I’m like what? They barely liked each other. That story line just seemed forced.
After the Story
Overall, I thought it was a great adventure to read this story. It was fun, the characters were dynamic, and it felt so real being placed in a time of war. I would recommend this book at four out of five bookworms!
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