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From the best-selling author of The Alice Network
On the icy edge of Soviet Russia, bold and reckless Nina Markova joins the infamous Night Witches - an all-female 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 Nuremburg 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 reckless, cocksure Nina, the only witness to escape the Huntress alive.
In post-war Boston, 17-year-old Jordan McBride is delighted when her long-widowed father brings home a fiancée. But Jordan grows increasingly disquieted by the soft-spoken German widow who seems to be hiding something. Delving into her new stepmother’s past, Jordan slowly realizes that a Nazi killer may be hiding in plain sight.
Shining a light on a shadowy corner of history, The Huntress is an epic, sweeping Second World War novel from the New York Times best-selling author of The Alice Network.
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|Listening Length||18 hours and 39 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||05 September 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 3,806 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
18 in Historical Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
57 in War & Military Fiction
83 in Historical Mystery
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Reviewed in Australia on 3 January 2022
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The story is tight, compelling and very well written and the ending is so very, very satisfying. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, buy it, you won't regret it.
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It had me totally engrossed from page one. I'm definitely more interested in reading more about "the night witches", such brave and courageous women they were. A compelling story, very cleverly written and with such a captivating plot. Nina was definitely my favourite character.
Looking forward to reading more from Kate Quinn, she has such a knack of captivating you and drawing you in. It's unputdownable. I would highly recommend reading.
In postwar Europe, Ian, a British war correspondent with a vendetta, and his American sidekick, Tony, have set up a shoestring operation to catch the war criminals who seem to be not just slipping, but swarming through the cracks. The same set of circumstances that led Ian to enter a marriage of convenience with Nina, a Siberian former bomber pilot, has also given both common cause: to chase down Lorelei Vogt, a Nazi known as the Huntress, who, by her lakeside lair in Poland, trapped and killed refugees, many of them children. Lorelei’s mother, blandished by Tony, reveals that her daughter immigrated to Boston. Meanwhile, Jordan, an aspiring photographer living in Boston with her widowed antiques-dealer father, Dan, welcomes a new stepmother, Austrian refugee Anneliese, and her 4-year-old daughter, Ruth. Jordan soon grows suspicious of Dan’s new bride: A candid shot captures Anneliese’s furtive “cruel” glance—and there’s that swastika charm hidden in her wedding bouquet. However, Anneliese manages to quell Jordan’s suspicions by confessing part of the truth: that Ruth is not really her daughter but a war orphan. That Jordan’s suspicions are so easily allayed strains credulity, especially since the reader is almost immediately aware that Anneliese is the Huntress in disguise. The suspense lies in how long it’s going to take Ian and company to track her down and what the impact will be on Jordan and Ruth when they do. Well-researched and vivid segments are interspersed detailing Nina’s backstory as one of Russia’s sizable force of female combat pilots (dubbed The Night Witches by the Germans), establishing her as a fierce yet vulnerable antecedent to Lisbeth Salander. Quinn’s language is evocative of the period, and her characters are good literary company.
With any luck, the Nazi hunting will go on for a sequel or two.
Nina is unpredictable, volatile and capable of remaining alive even in the most demanding of circumstances. A Rusalka, a night-witch, a Rusalka-bitch, a lake spirit …. Nina is all of these, and to witness her running at you, half-naked, covered in blood with her father’s razor in her hand would be quite daunting.
Anneliese, Anna, Die Jägerin, the Huntress, or whichever name she uses is the absolute personification of a sociopath. When accused by Jordan of being a Nazi, and of not being Ruth’s mother, most people in that situation would be flinching or recoiling – maybe bursting into laughter or tears, but not Anneliese. Her blue eyes don’t even widen a fraction of an inch. “Goodness,” she says, “Where has all this come from?” which is exactly how a sociopath would react. Catch a sociopath or a psychopath in a lie – catch them with a smoking gun – and they are completely unfazed. They will immediately bounce half a dozen more lies back at you …. AND while they’re at it they’ll accuse you of killing the guy on the floor. And even if it’s proved the sociopath killed him, they’ll still blame you for it. It will somehow be all your fault.
Jordan lays down proof that Anneliese is a Nazi, and the look she gives Jordan causes Jordan’s heart to bang off her ribs in a sudden surge of fear as she realises just how dangerous this fragile, pretty woman is. But Jordan keeps pushing until Anneliese is shaking with sobs. The sociopath can turn on the tears any time she wants if she thinks it will get her what she wants.
And then again at the end of the book – FURTHER SPOILER ALERT – Anna justifies murdering children by complaining that “People are such hanging judges over some things ……. My life is the sum of many moments. Why do some moments outweigh all the other, better moments?” and goes on to whinge about being punished for murdering six children in cold blood, justifying it to herself and complaining about how much she’s lost, which is all typical sociopath behaviour. A sociopath will always find ways to justify her crimes because in own head she believes it’s true.
Sociopaths seduce and ingratiate themselves with the people around them for their own gain. They are dishonest and deceitful and are extremely comfortable when lying to get their own way, or to get themselves out of trouble. And they don’t possess a conscience, none at all. They’re just not wired that way. Anna has no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what she does, no limiting sense of concern. But she does have an intuitive sense of Jordan’s vulnerabilities and she uses this knowledge to manipulate her.
And boy can she keep her cool. Anna can stay serene in even the most absurd circumstances.
Solid respect to Kate Quinn for creating two excellent true-to-life characters and pitting them against each other. Absolutely recommended.
Nina grew up on the harsh shores of Lake Baikal in Siberia, surrounded by tales of evil lake witches. Her one desire is to become a pilot; when Russia enters the Second World War she gets her wish. Nina becomes part of the Night Witches, Stalin’s female bomber pilots who helped drive back the Germans.
By 1950, Nina is living in the West and married to English journalist and Nazi hunter Ian Graham. Together with his partner Tony they head to America in search of The Huntress, a cold blooded murderer who killed children. The hunter now becomes the hunted.
I read this book in just two days becoming fully immersed in the three tales as they wove together. I was fascinated by Nina’s story, especially when she was a pilot. I liked the part she played in all three timelines with her severe Russian upbringing and attitude which even brought moments of delightful lighter humour.
All three timelines were equally compelling, so I was never disappointed when chapters switched back and forth.
Would I recommend this? Definitely for those who enjoy well researched stories that feature the role of women in World War Two.
At well over 500 pages with 59 chapters and a small font this is a hefty novel so I was hoping that it was compelling.
There are three main characters whose stories are based during and just after the Second World War. It is clear from the start how they link together and there is a hopeful inevitability about how the plot will progress. The hopefulness is matched by the tension supplied by each difficult step along the way.
The characters are great and are gradually developed which gives them great depth and plausibility. I didn't have any reason to question any of their actions at any point which is a sign of an enjoyable novel.
There is no doubt that the reader becomes invested in each of the three and we are gradually encouraged to want the subject of the hunt to be caught as we never hear directly from her. Pieces of the puzzle are linked together and I held my breath in some chapters as the hunters get closer and closer.
There is also a brilliant ending followed by a very comprehensive Author's Note which is much appreciated.