- About the Book
A New York Times BestsellerCosmopolitan Best Book Club Book of 2019PopSugar Must-Read Book of 2019Glamour Best Book of 2019"Fraught with danger, filled with mystery, and meticulously researched, The Lost Girls of Paris is a fascinating tale of the hidden women who helped to win the war." --Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours"Pam Jenoff's meticulous research and gorgeous historical world-building lift her books to must-buy status. An intriguing mystery and a captivating heroine make The Lost Girls of Paris a read to savor " --Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice NetworkFrom the author of the runaway bestseller The Orphan's Tale comes a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female secret agents during World War II.1946, ManhattanOne morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs--each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayal.Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances.
Fascinating and unforgettable, Pam Jenoff's THE LOST GIRLS OF PARIS is a captivating tale of friendship and courage told from the points of view of three incredible women.... Beautifully written and expertly populated by complex, believable characters, THE LOST GIRLS OF PARIS is easily one of the best World War II novels I have ever read. Never before have I seen so much suspense paired with such heartfelt, powerful emotion --- especially without one overpowering or weakening the other. I will definitely be adding Pam Jenoff to my must-buy list of authors, and I look forward to recommending this book to many of my friends.
Jenoff's most curious misstep involves a narrator named Grace, who starts the novel off when she stumbles upon a suitcase belonging to Eleanor Trigg in 1946, at Grand Central Station in New York.... Grace's inexplicable turn is not only unneeded in the novel, it also strains all credibility when she's able to piece together top-secret post-War information with the alacrity of, well, a trained spy. But for what? It's never made clear and this is where "The Lost Girls of Paris" is most disappointing: Jenoff has at her disposal a great, mostly untold story of heroism and espionage, both about the woman who trained an elite force of operatives and then spent years looking for them after their death, and also about what it was like to be one of those women, but the result has all of the tension of a Hallmark card. This is a slight re-telling of a remarkable story and an unusual slip-up from the dependable Jenoff.