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.
Did you ever read a book that’s so good, it takes you a few days to even process how to do it justice in a review? For me, that was The Huntress.
This book follows three alternating character storylines- Nina, a female Soviet pilot who is the only one to encounter the Nazi murderess known only as The Huntress and escape. Ian, a war correspondent who now hunts Nazis postwar to bring them to justice, and Jordan, an aspiring photographer who is suspicious of her new stepmother’s past.
The story had a little bit of everything – history, suspense, thrills, romance, and even humor. It was a slow build of character development through each viewpoint, but this helped to really understand the characters and their motivations, and how each fit into the context of the story, until each of their paths crossed.
Before this year, I didn’t read that much historical fiction, but I’m 2/2 so far with 5 star reads in the genre. I found myself really invested in the story of Nina and the Night Witches, so much so that I actually stopped the reading the book at one point to go and read more about the real-life story of the female Soviet WW2 pilots.
Overall, this was a great read that tugged at your heart strings while keeping your pulse high. I highly recommend for anyone interested in historical fiction, or who would like to divulge more into the genre. I look forward to reading The Alice Network and others from Kate Quinn.
Pairs well with: a shot of vodka
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