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The Rose Code

Updated: Sep 10, 2021

By Kate Quinn




1940. Three very different women pass through the secret gates of Bletchley Park to help break German codes during World War II. Debutant Osla Kendall wants to prove herself as more than a society girl, and she puts her fluent German to use as a translator. Mab Churt works the code breaking machines as she hides a secret past. Oslo and Mab recruit a local girl, Beth Finch, who has a brain for crossword puzzles. Despite Beth’s domineering mother’s opposition, she soon becomes one of Bletchley’s few female cryptanalysts. The three women become fast friends. But soon the war, personal loss, and the impossible pressure of secrecy tear the three friends apart and sends one of the women to an asylum.

1947. The three friends-turned-enemies are reunited for a common purpose. A traitor, who was responsible for destroying their friendship, has emerged from the Bletchley Park shadows. Osla, Mab, and Beth must work together to crack the Rode Code to prove the traitor’s guilt.


THE ROSE CODE is a captivating story of three women who set out to prove themselves during the turmoil of World War II. Osla, Mab and Beth’s characters, are delightfully well-developed and serve as the pillars of this captivating story.

Author Kate Quinn’s writing is expertly crafted, blending history, intrigue and drama. She nimbly juggles multiple time lines and delivers a story with perfect pacing. THE ROSE CODE offers mystery and suspense, fearless female characters,, a nefarious spy, and even a delightful war time book club thrown in for good measure. Quinn is a lover of history and the best-selling author of The Huntress (2019) and The Alice Network (2017).

The audio book’s narrator Saskia Maaeleveld’s performance was outstanding. Her ability to voice multiple characters, her pacing and her emotional tone elevates the story. Quinn’s dual time line is easy follow with Maaeleveld clear inflection. Her voice captures your attention and drops you into the heart of the story.

Thanks to #Netgalley and #HarperAudio for an advance copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher William Morrow/HarperAudio

Published March 9, 2021

Narrated Saskia Maaeleveld

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