Two former female spies, bound together by their past, risk everything to hunt down an infamous Nazi doctor in the aftermath of World War II—a pulse-pounding novel inspired by true events from the New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls
“Martha Hall Kelly deftly illuminates little-known complexities of the post-war era while painting a vivid portrait of the deep scars and trauma that Holocaust survivors carried.”—Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Sapphire
American Josie Anderson and Parisian Arlette LaRue are thrilled to be working in the French resistance, stealing so many Nazi secrets that they become known as the Golden Doves, renowned across France and hunted by the Gestapo. Their courage will cost them everything. When they are finally arrested and taken to the Ravensbrück concentration camp, along with their loved ones, a reclusive Nazi doctor does unspeakable things to Josie’s mother, a celebrated Jewish singer who joined her daughter in Paris when the world seemed bright. And Arlette’s son is stolen from her, never to be seen again.
A decade later the Doves fall headlong into a dangerous dual mission: Josie is working for U.S. Army Intelligence and accepts an assignment to hunt down the infamous doctor, while a mysterious man tells Arlette he may have found her son. The Golden Doves embark on a quest across Europe and ultimately to French Guiana, discovering a web of terrible secrets, and must put themselves in grave danger to finally secure justice and protect the ones they love.
Martha Hall Kelly has garnered acclaim for her stunning combination of empathy and research into the stories of women throughout history and for exploring the terrors of Ravensbrück. With The Golden Doves, she has crafted an unforgettable story about the fates of Nazi fugitives in the wake of World War II—and the unsung female spies who risked it all to bring them to justice.
Josie Anderson, an American and Arlette LaRue, a Parisian, are working together to help the French resistance. They are named the Golden Doves. They eventually get caught by the Gestapo and are sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp. This is where Arlette’s son is stolen. A decade later, she is still on the hunt. She believes in her heart he is still alive. Josie now works for army intelligence and she searching for a Dr. Snow. These two team up to help each other. But, as you can guess nothing goes as planned.
I love Josie and Arlette. These two are tough in different ways. They compliment each other. Arlette is a bit softer to Josie’s toughness.
I knew about the USA and Operation Paperclip, I just don’t think I believed the extent of it. This book opened my eyes to the lengths the USA tried to get the scientist and the doctors to the States before Russia did.
Now, this is a five star read for me but, it is not without problems. I did feel the story is a bit coincidental and far fetched, especially at the end. However, the intensity and the emotional feelings of this story is spot on. This is what keeps drawing me to this author. I have been a fan since I read The Lilac Girls …another must read. And this is, I don’t want to say sequel, but it does follow some of the same characters. So, if you get a chance, grab this book too!
This is one of my favorite time periods. WWII always creates so much emotion for me. I just can’t fathom the loss, anger, and hurt that this period in history caused for everyone involved.
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I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.