August 14, 2019 at 2:15 pm #6287
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–World War II 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.September 13, 2019 at 10:53 am #6371
Finished this one up today.
I enjoyed it. I’ve had a growing fascination with Russian history lately & this one hit the spot.
As brash as Nina was, she was a full bodied character & her particular story was the most interesting for me.
It was Ana’s story that felt a little more watered down, IMO. And given the length of the novel, I felt like more meat could have been given to her motivations so 1) we could truly see The Huntress in her 2) we could feel the enormity of her being brought to justice. Sure, your imagination & moral compass could have filled in the gaps but it felt too superficial for me. We could have probably had less Garret & Jordan and more underhanded Ana.
But overall, enjoyable read! I’m enjoying Kate Quinn a lot lately.
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