Author: Kate Quinn
Narrator: Saski Maarleveld
Publication Date: March 9, 2021
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network returns with another heart-stopping World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.
1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. Vivacious debutante Osla is the girl who has everything—beauty, wealth, and the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses—but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl, and puts her fluent German to use as a translator of decoded enemy secrets. Imperious self-made Mab, product of east-end London poverty, works the legendary codebreaking machines as she conceals old wounds and looks for a socially advantageous husband. Both Osla and Mab are quick to see the potential in local village spinster Beth, whose shyness conceals a brilliant facility with puzzles, and soon Beth spreads her wings as one of the Park’s few female cryptanalysts. But war, loss, and the impossible pressure of secrecy will tear the three apart.
1947. As the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip whips post-war Britain into a fever, three friends-turned-enemies are reunited by a mysterious encrypted letter–the key to which lies buried in the long-ago betrayal that destroyed their friendship and left one of them confined to an asylum. A mysterious traitor has emerged from the shadows of their Bletchley Park past, and now Osla, Mab, and Beth must resurrect their old alliance and crack one last code together. But each petal they remove from the rose code brings danger–and their true enemy–closer…
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn is a historical fiction mystery novel about three women code breakers during World War II.
In London in 1940, three women receive a mysterious message telling them to meet at a certain location. They were called to break Nazi codes. Osla is beautiful and rich but wants to prove to everyone that she is more than that. She uses her fluent German to help break codes. Mab has a difficult past and wants to find a husband. Beth is shy and lacking confidence but great at puzzles. The women develop a friendship, but unfortunately that friendship is torn apart.
In 1947, one of the women is in an asylum. The women are now enemies and don’t know what the others have been up to for the last few years. They receive a mysterious letter and are forced to work together to solve a new code. One of the women is in an asylum. The past is brought to the present and the only way the code can be solved is with their cooperation. They are left wondering
The Rose Code is an interesting book. I liked how this book is a mix of a historical fiction novel and mystery. World War II is my favorite time period to read about and the aspect of trying to figure out who is responsible for one of them entering an asylum. I was intrigued by the dual time line between past and present. In the past, the women are developing a friendship and learning how to break codes. In the present, the women have to work together and put their personal differences aside. They each have to decide if the one in the asylum belongs there and what happened in the years they didn’t talk. The Rose Code kept me thinking throughout the book. All of the characters are interesting and use their different talents towards the same goal. Osla, Mab, and Beth are very unique characters but easily develop a friendship.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Saskia Maarleveld and enjoyed her narration. She was a great voice for Oslo, Mab, and Beth. I think I would’ve liked reading this book as much as I liked listening to the audiobook.
Thank you Harper Audio, William Morrow, and NetGalley for The Rose Code.
About the Author
Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. A native of southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. She has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with “The Alice Network”, “The Huntress,” and “The Rose Code.” All have been translated into multiple languages. Kate and her husband now live in San Diego with three rescue dogs.