Book Review: The Huntress by Kate Quinn @KateQuinnAuthor @WmMorrowBooks #TheHuntress

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Book Title and Author: The Huntress by Kate Quinn
Publication Date and Publisher: February 26, 2019 by William Morrow
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 560 pages
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Date Read: January 13, 2019 (e-arc)
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5 Stars

 

Goodreads Synopsis: 

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted…

Bold, reckless Nina Markova grows up on the icy edge of Soviet Russia, dreaming of flight and fearing nothing. When the tide of war sweeps over her homeland, she gambles everything to join the infamous Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on Hitler’s eastern front. But when she is downed behind enemy lines and thrown across the path of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, Nina must use all her wits to survive.

British war correspondent Ian Graham has witnessed the horrors of war from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials. He abandons journalism after the war to become a Nazi hunter, yet one target eludes him: the Huntress. Fierce, disciplined Ian must join forces with brazen, cocksure Nina, the only witness to escape the Huntress alive. But a shared secret could derail their mission, unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it.

Seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride grows up in post WWII Boston, determined despite family opposition to become a photographer. At first delighted when her long-widowed father brings home a fiancée, Jordan grows increasingly disquieted by the soft-spoken German widow who seems to be hiding something. Armed only with her camera and her wits, Jordan delves into her new stepmother’s past and slowly realizes there are mysteries buried deep in her family. But Jordan’s search for the truth may threaten all she holds dear.

My Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed my first book by Kate Quinn–so much so that I immediately read The Alice Network afterward (if you haven’t read it, then I recommend it too)! The Huntress is a vivid and well-researched story that takes places after World War II. Ian Graham, a famous British ex-war correspondent, and Tony Rodomovsky, a former American soldier join together after the war to find hidden Nazi war criminals and see them brought to justice.

But there is one criminal who remains elusive, a Nazi murderess known only as “the Huntress” because she would lure Jewish children and other refugees escaping the horrors of Nazi occupation to her lakeside home in Poland and shoot them in cold blood…and she’s the woman Ian wants to catch most of all because of a personal vendetta.

Ian’s wife Nina Markova, a former Soviet combat pilot is the only person to have escaped the Huntress’ deadly grasp and wants her own revenge. Ian, Tony, and Nina team up in a riveting and suspenseful hunt that takes them from Europe to the United States as her trail suddenly goes from cold to hot.

While the hunters are after their prey in the present day, Quinn also tells Nina’s backstory of her time as a fighter pilot for the Russian army during WWII, the only Allied forces to have females in combat, which I found so fascinating. In fact, the incredible facts about the female Soviet combat pilots, dubbed The Night Witches by the Nazi Army because they were so terrifying, were an added bonus to the book!

In Boston, Jordan McBride is a smart, 17-year-old who wants to go to college and be a professional photographer, but her widowed father wants her to stay home, continue to work in the family antique shop, and one day run it. Their life suddenly changes after her dad meets a German refugee named Anneliese with a 4-year-old daughter, Ruth and marries her. Jordan does her best to welcome her new step-mother, especially as Anneliese is so nice and supportive of her passion for photography. Yet, there’s some niggling reason Jordan just doesn’t trust her stepmother, so she begins to dig into Anneliese’s past by using her photography skills.

The Huntress is an engrossing and at times dark cat-and-mouse thrill ride where the writing is detailed and rich with history! The mystery, perfect amount of romance, dynamic characters, skillful character development, and masterful, yet at times harrowing plot makes for a gripping and wonderful read and if you love WWII history, then I definitely recommend you read this one!

~Another fantastic Traveling Sisters’ read! I had a great time discussing this one and hearing everyone’s thoughts! You can read their fab review here.

**Thank you Edelweiss and William Morrow for an ARC to read and review in exchange for my fair and honest review.**

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25 thoughts on “Book Review: The Huntress by Kate Quinn @KateQuinnAuthor @WmMorrowBooks #TheHuntress

    1. Thank you, Jennifer! Yes, you were right! You too…I am although I’m pretty sure we have the flu, so we’re all a miserable bunch today.
      I hope you are enjoying the sun! It’s so nice to see the its face again! 🙂 xoxo

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      1. Oh no, I’m sorry! I hope you’re feeling better today and if not, that you do soon! We’re miserable too. She and I haven’t been sick at all since I started homeschooling her, which I thought was a miracle considering she had strep throat 6x last year, bronchitis 3x that caused asthma symptoms, 3 ear infections, sinus infections, and the flu so badly that she ended up in the hospital with respiratory distress. Her being sick constantly was one reason we decided to homeschool her since it’s hard to learn anything when you’re missing school so much! I get sick when she does and usually pretty badly. Having Lupus lowers my immune system anyway, and I can’t get the flu shot because I’m allergic to it, so I’m a walking magnet for germs. I’m just hoping we get better soon and have no complications…the past 2 years I’ve had pneumonia following the flu and been in the hospital, which I really don’t want since my lungs are still recovering from having pulmonary embolisms. I’m keeping my fingers crossed this is over quickly! ❤

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    1. I think you’d really enjoy her books! She has two series, one about the Borgias and one about a Roman empress that I have but haven’t read yet but have heard wonderful things about and hope to read soon! Thank you, Jenn! You too! ❤

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    1. Thank you! I bet it will be great on audio and am sure you will love it! Yes, it definitely did! I can’t believe the month is almost over…it’s crazy! I feel like my time has just flown by too. Enjoy this one…look forward to your review!

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  1. I did read and like The Alice Network (not as much as I was hoping to) and have seen some interesting reviews on this book. I was considering it and seeing our five stars is enough to push me into the “read it” category. Terrific review as always, Stephanie!

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    1. I definitely did enjoy it and I know that Jennifer loved it too (she and I always seem to love the same books), so I hope you enjoy it when you read it. It was a bit long in places but I really didn’t mind. And I loved that the characters were based on real people–I thought that added a lot to the book although you don’t know about them being real until reading the authors note. I’ll be anxious to hear what you think. Thank you so much, Marialyce!

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  2. Wonderful review, Stephanie! I am getting my review up soon but I am getting sidetracked blog hopping. lol . My son was home for a week and I was a bit needy for his attention so I am so behind. He was not as needy for my attention though . lol

    I hope everyone starts feeling better in your house.

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    1. Thank you, Brenda! I just saw you posted it (well, I haven’t read it but got the email)! I’ll check it out in a second! I know how that goes. I bet you were so glad to have him home! They need us around less than we need them when they get that age, but I think they’ll change their minds in a couple of years.

      Thanks! Me too…my oldest got us sick so it’s all his fault, haha!

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  3. Absolutely fabulous review Stephanie! I’ve had this on hold at library – on overdrive – and I got the notification two days ago that it would be six month wait!! Holy cow! I may just purchase a used copy before then! LOL!

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    1. Thanks, Mackenzie! It’s such a fantastic book…cinematic in quality because it’s a bit dramatic but extremely well written and so intriguing! I’d love to see it made into a movie. The title is perfect, especially once you read it because it becomes a huge wordplay.

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    1. It really is engrossing…it’s a bit dramatic and has a cinematic quality, but the intensity and story was so worth reading, especially since it’s based on real people. Thank you! ♥

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