The Golden Doves

Ballantine. Apr. 2023. 528p. ISBN 9780593354889. $28.99. F
World War II may be over, but former Resistance fighters and concentration camp inmates Josie Anderson and Arlette LaRue are still haunted by its horrors in the latest novel from book-club favorite Kelly (Lilac Girls; Sunflower Sisters). Josie is undercover, helping the U.S. government track down and recruit Nazi scientists to the American space program, but as she closes in on the sinister German doctor who once experimented on her mother, she has darker things on her mind than aeronautics. Meanwhile, Arlette is so desperate to find the son who was ripped from her arms in the camp that she follows a possibly dubious lead to French Guiana, where both women soon find themselves fighting together to expose Nazis in hiding, uncover their secrets, and make it out alive.
VERDICT This well-written and emotional tale of daring women, espionage, and lasting friendship should appeal strongly to fans of Kelly’s previous novels, especially Lilac Girls, which shares a few characters as well as the setting of the Ravensbrück concentration camp. This is also a great read-alike pick for the novels by Kate Quinn, Pam Jenoff, and Ariel Lawhon that feature women spy protagonists.
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