Author: Kate Quinn
560 pages, published February 26, 2019
Publisher: William Morrow
From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, THE ALICE NETWORK, comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America.
In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted…
Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans. When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only Nina’s bravery and cunning will keep her alive.
Transformed by the horrors he witnessed from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials, British war correspondent Ian Graham has become a Nazi hunter. Yet one target eludes him: a vicious predator known as the Huntress. To find her, the fierce, disciplined investigator joins forces with the only witness to escape the Huntress alive: the brazen, cocksure Nina. But a shared secret could derail their mission unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it.
Growing up in post-war Boston, seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is determined to become a photographer. When her long-widowed father unexpectedly comes homes with a new fiancée, Jordan is thrilled. But there is something disconcerting about the soft-spoken German widow. Certain that danger is lurking, Jordan begins to delve into her new stepmother’s past—only to discover that there are mysteries buried deep in her family . . . secrets that may threaten all Jordan holds dear.
In this immersive, heart-wrenching story, Kate Quinn illuminates the consequences of war on individual lives, and the price we pay to seek justice and truth.
I absolutely loved The Alice Network, so I was so excited to read this one. The 560 page length is intimidating at first until you start reading and absolutely cannot put the book down. The chapters revolve between Jordan, Ian, and Nina, and the chapters are relatively short. This means it is super easy to tell yourself "Just ONE more chapter!" and pretty soon you'll have read 100 pages! The action starts right from the beginning and doesn't stop until the last page. I loved learning more about the Russian perspective of Wold War 2--Nina was a fascinating character--not to mention a badass woman!
Each character's story was interesting and exciting, but the character I connected most with was Jordan, probably because of her love of photography. Plus she was a smart, independent woman full of ideas and goals. I got very emotionally attached to her throughout the book for various reasons (no spoilers here) and just go so wrapped up in her story.
If you enjoy historical fiction, this is an absolute must read. Read The Alice Network too if you haven't already. Kate Quinn is definitely an "auto read" author for me after these two fantastic books!!