‘If you enjoyed The Tattooist of Auschwitz, read The Huntress by Kate Quinn’ The Washington Post
‘Fascinating, brilliantly written, enthralling – just phenomenal’ Jill Mansell
*From the bestselling author of The Alice Network*
On the icy edge of Soviet Russia, bold and reckless Nina Markova joins the infamous Night Witches – an all-female bomber regiment. But when she is downed behind enemy lines, Nina must use all her wits to survive her encounter with a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress.
British war correspondent Ian Graham abandons journalism to become a Nazi hunter, yet one target eludes him: the Huntress. And Nina Markova is the only witness to escape her alive.
In post-war Boston, seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is increasingly disquieted by the soft-spoken German widow who becomes her new stepmother. Delving into her past, Jordan slowly realizes that a Nazi killer may be hiding in plain sight.
Shining a light on a shadowy corner of history, The Huntress is an epic, sweeping Second World War novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is one incredible story, set in the 1950s as the second world war is beginning to take a back seat in the USA, as communism is hitting headlines and concerns of its citizens. In the meantime, Nazi war criminals are blending quietly into neighbourhoods. Jordan, at 17 would like nothing more than for her widowed father to find someone he loves and be happy. When he brings home a beautiful and refined woman with a slight German accent along with her very timid young daughter, it is obvious that Jordan’s wish has come true.
This is an extremely powerful story and although fictional it is a blend of real-life characters and events that took place. The story drops back to the war years and follows the path of a female Russian pilot Nina Markova and just after the war that of Ian Graham a British War Correspondent turned Nazi hunter. Although the pair had brought many war criminals to justice the one they both wanted the most still evaded them, The Huntress. That is until now ……
The story dips back and forth on different timelines while at the same time moving forward in present-day 1950s and life in the McBride family household. Nina is one tough lady that had a learn fast childhood, fearless, determined and deadly when needs must. A fabulous character that kept me riveted to every chapter about her. Ian was the stability of the couple, that had been brought together through tragedy. Jordan, another fabulous character, at seventeen sees the world and people in it differently through the lens of her camera, because the camera doesn’t lie.
Oh my, there were times I just wanted to shout out in frustration, at others I ran with a coldness through me that took my breath. An absolutely stunning read with follow up notes from the author at the end of the book that blew me away just as much.
Very highly recommended. I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kate Quinn is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple languages.
Kate has succumbed to the blogging bug, and keeps a blog filled with trivia, pet peeves, and interesting facts about historical fiction. She and her husband now live in Maryland with two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia, and her interests include opera, action movies, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox.