Published by William Morrow on February 26, 2019
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One of Marie Claire’s Best Women’s Fiction of the year!
One of Bookbub’s biggest books of the year
“If you enjoyed “The Tattooist of Auschwitz,” read “The Huntress,” by Kate Quinn.” The Washington Post
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.
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Gosh, this book is remarkable. Sometimes I feel like there are so many World War II stories out there, so lately I’ve a little bit more choosy when I pick them up. But I knew this is one that I wanted to take a chance on and after only a few chapters I was completely lost in it. The Huntress is a huge historical fiction story with plenty of suspense and mystery and some really compelling characters.
I think it totally deserves all of the talking-up and the hype.
Jordan is a young girl living on Boston with dreams of a career in photography, but her father won’t consent to it. After losing her mother years ago, her father has just remarried a German woman that has relocated to America after losing her own husband in the war. Now Jordan has a new stepmother and a sweet young stepsister, but there are several things about Anneliese that make Jordan incredibly suspicious about her history before coming to America.
Ian used to be a war journalist embedded on the front lines, but now he is a Nazi hunter with one main goal in mind: to track down the woman-The Huntress-who is responsible for the murder of his younger brother. He begins working with Nina, a former Soviet fighter pilot with incredible hunting and tracking skills herself due to being raised in a remote region of Siberia by a wild single father. Nina has her own reasons for wanting to find the huntress, and she seems even more focused on finding her than Ian.
The story is told in alternating POV’s by Jordan, Ian, and Nina with the search for the huntress being the main focal point. In addition, we get the story behind Nina’s military service as a Night Witch (part of the all-women Soviet Air Force, and they are completely badass) and Jordan’s experience with Anneliese as a stepmother and the conflicting feelings that arise from that relationship.
So yes, I think this is a super-solid addition to the collection of World War 2/post-war fiction out there. It stands out to me as a story that takes its time in the telling, particularly in the time after the war and with a few other parts of history that I had never heard of-particularly, with the Night Witches and also how the lesser-known members of the Nazi party were rounded up in the years after the war, including here in the US. The Author’s Note at the end is astoundingly interesting to this end and I would urge readers not to skip this part of the book. This is just a great, great story and I think I really, really need to go back and read The Alice Network now.