The Lost Girls of Paris

When I saw the advanced copy of Pam Jenoff’s upcoming book, I was hooked as soon as I read the synopsis.

World War II has recently ended, and Grace is living in New York when she comes across an abandoned suitcase. Inside she finds a series of photographs, and a split-second decision to tuck them into her purse turns into an obsession in finding out who they are.

Grace finds out the women were British operatives who disappeared right before the allied invasion. Now, Grace feels compelled to find out what happened to them, to return the photos to whoever they belong to.

The synopsis sounded so interesting. And while it was a good story, it was a little trite, with the quick and classic love story and success for the heroine. For me, the story could have been so much more.

I did enjoy the varying perspectives to tell the whole scope of the story, as well as the way Jenoff tells the story to keep you guessing at the truth.

What bothered me most was the number of errors throughout the book. I realize it’s an advanced copy and will go through more copy editing before the final publication (I hope, anyway), I don’t think I’ve ever read an advanced copy that was so full of easily-spotted errors. It distracts from the story and makes the whole seem sloppy.

All in all, it was a good book, and I would certainly read more of Jenoff’s work. It wasn’t the historic thriller I thought it might be, but it was an enjoyable historical fiction story. When it hits the shelves in February, I’ll be recommending it a lot. And hopefully it’s been given another once over.

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