Liar Temptress Soldier Spy by Karen Abbott

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Liar Temptress Soldier Spy:

Don’t judge a book by their cover. Or forget to suspect a woman as a spy.

Quick synopsis:

The story of four women during the Civil War and how they gave to their respective causes.

Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like:

As many as 400 women served in the Civil War dressed as men.

Fun Fact for History Nerds:

There were an estimated 15,000 sex workers in D.C. during the Civil War.

My Take on Liar Temptress Soldier Spy:

It is an overused cliché to say something “reads like a novel.”

Anyway, this book reads like a novel! And it’s not!

Karen Abbott follows the lives of 4 women during the Civil War. Two are secretly helping the Union (including one in uniform as a man) and two are Confederates (and I hated them). I don’t want to give too much away as to their adventures or their fates, but I guarantee you will not guess what happens to any of them. Abbott found four amazing stories at the same time, and she wrote it in the best way possible.

Abbott jumps between each woman as they go about their espionage activities. This can often be kind of confusing when reading a book but each woman is so markedly different that it never becomes an issue. Their personalities are entertaining to say the least and the fact this is all true makes it even more amazing.

Another overused cliché. “I couldn’t put it down.”

Well….yeah, I couldn’t! It’s a cliche for a reason.


Amazing book. Read it. Buy it here!

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