The Huntress by Kate Quinn
The Huntress by Kate Quinn
UK Publication: April 2019
Reviewed by: Book Worm
This ARC was provided by Harper Collins UK (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.
Can justice ever be just black or white?
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
My Thoughts: As you can tell from the publication date I am once again back to catching up on the Netgalleys I need to read. Why it took me so long to read this I will never know and now I have read my first Kate Quinn I can honestly tell you it won’t be my last.
Told from alternate points of view the book moves from the present (1950) to the past (the war years) as we follow the central characters through the events that will eventually bring them altogether in Boston for the showdown.
The book is well researched and I loved learning more about the Night Witches, being honest Nina is probably my favourite character, she definitely has the real deal girl power. That said I also enjoyed the other points of view and seeing the world via the lens of their particular speciality.
I like that the author left room for interpretation/explanation from the point of view of The Huntress and I liked that her viewpoint wasn’t the usual “just following orders” that said no matter the reason some crimes must remain unforgiveable and that is the case here.
Overall this was a well paced thriller with great characters and an epic storyline.
Who would like this? I would recommend this to historical fiction fans. I certainly learnt a lot about Russian women and their involvement in WWII and what more can you ask a book for but to improve your understanding of the world.
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