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 everythingbeauty, wealth, and the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her rosesbut 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...
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'Epic in every way, brilliantly researched, beautifully written, and completely unputdownable' Jenny Ashcroft, author of Meet Me in Bombay
'An intricate play of love, loss, betrayal and redemption, Kate Quinn's novel is every bit as complex and fascinating as the codes being broken at Bletchley Park... Impossibly gripping from start to finish' Celia Rees, author of Miss Graham's War
'Quinn's meticulous research and impeccable characterization shine through this gripping and beautifully executed novel' -Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of Her Last Flight
'Quinn's page-turning narrative is enhanced by her richly drawn characters ... and by the fascinating code-breaking techniques, which come alive via her historical detail' Publishers' Weekly
'The Rose Code is everything you love about an unputdownable novel and more... An unforgettable war story to be sure, but also a tale of friendship, fortitude, and forgiveness'
'Capturing the events and mores of the times, this character-driven fiction is engaging and absorbing' CHOICE
'Weaving real-life and fiction, Quinn's storytelling is compelling and masterful' WOMAN
'This comes highly recommended... fascinating storylines, history and intriguing characters... it truly is an epic read' MY WEEKLY
'A knockout of a story, written by the reigning queen of historical fiction. Quinn's trio of heroines practically leap off the page in this stunning novel, which melds spy-hunting with love stories that will stir your soul' Fiona Davis
'A tour de force . . . vibrant characters and pulse-pounding suspense combine in a riveting tale destined to be a book-club favourite. I absolutely loved it' Kristina McMorris
'The Rose Code is a firecracker of a novel' Elise Hooper