Three Hours in Paris by Cara Black
SUMMARY: "Kate Rees, a young American markswoman, has been recruited by British intelligence to drop into Paris with a dangerous assignment: assassinate the Führer. Wrecked by grief after a Luftwaffe bombing killed her husband and infant daughter, she is armed with a rifle, a vendetta, and a fierce resolve. But other than rushed and rudimentary instruction, she has no formal spy training. Thrust into the red-hot center of the war, a country girl from rural Oregon finds herself holding the fate of the world in her hands. When Kate misses her mark and the plan unravels, Kate is on the run for her life—all the time wrestling with the suspicion that the whole operation was a set-up." (Adapted from Goodreads)
REVIEW: OK, friends. Please forgive me as I vomit "WWII Fiction Burn Out" all over this review. If you are a lover of WWII fiction and never get burnt out by the genre, definitely skip down to the "what I loved" part of this section. For those of you in the same boat as me, know this review is definitely tainted.
With that disclaimer out of the way, here goes:
WHAT I LOVED
1) Absolutely love the feminist bravado of the main character, Kate. She takes on a very brave job, but still remains authentically human throughout the whole story.
2) The audiobook was beautifully narrated and super easy to listen to.
2) The story was definitely one of page-turning quality. Captivating in it's quick-paced way.
WHAT I DIDN'T LOVE
1) The predictability of this story. It felt a little ad nauseam at times, which caused me to half-heartily listen to at last 60% of it.
2) I felt there was too much plot and not enough character development. Most of my interest was lost not in the plot but in not being invested enough in the well-being of the characters.
All in all, this is an entertaining story if you love a fun WWII spy thriller. Comparable to The Alice Network, The Lost Girls of Paris, and Lilac Girls. Overall, it wasn't a remarkable read for me but definitely interesting enough to finish.
SENSITIVITY WARNINGS: loss of a spouse and child, elements of trauma from war, language, some mild sexual content.
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