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"...compulsively readable historical fiction&;[a] powerful novel about unusual women facing sometimes insurmountable odds with grace, grit, love and tenacity.&; - Kristin Hannah, The Washington Post
Named one of best books of the year by Marie Claire and Bookbub
&;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.
"Kate Quinn follows her word-of-mouth bestseller, The Alice Network, with another compulsively readable historical novel ...[a] powerful novel about unusual women facing sometimes insurmountable odds with grace, grit, love and tenacity.” — Kristin Hannah, Washington Post
“Quinn deftly braids the stories of a female Russian bomber pilot, Nazi hunters, and a young Bostonian girl staring down evil in the most unthinkable of places. The result is a searing tale of predator and prey, transgression and redemption and the immutable power of the truth. An utter triumph!” — Pam Jenoff, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Orphan’s Tale
“Prepare to be spellbound! The Huntress masterfully draws you in and doesn’t let you go. Another brilliant work of historical fiction by the incomparable Kate Quinn.”
— Susan Meissner, bestselling author of As Bright as Heaven
“The Huntress left me breathless with delight... Kate Quinn has created nothing less than a masterpiece of historical fiction.”
— Jennifer Robson, bestselling author of Goodnight from London
“[A] complexly structured saga delivers exciting aerial sequences and intrigue worthy of a Hitchcock movie. The book’s psychological and dramatic elements combine for a powerful and satisfying finale. To paraphrase one of the characters, Ms. Quinn’s book is “dynamite in print.” — Wall Street Journal
“An impressive historical novel sure to harness WWII-fiction fans’ attention... Laced with Russian folklore allusions and deliciously witty banter, Quinn’s tale refreshingly avoids contrived situations while portraying three touching, unpredictable love stories; the suspenseful quest for justice; and the courage involved in confronting one’s greatest fears.” — Booklist (starred review)
“Readers should expect to give up weekend plans once they start this novel. A great choice for historical fiction fans, particularly of World War II–set novels, mystery readers, or anyone seeking well-crafted stories in which good triumphs over evil.” — Library Journal (starred review)
“Well-researched and vivid segments are interspersed detailing Nina’s backstory... 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.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Quinn delivers a suspenseful WWII tale of murder and revenge. This exciting thriller vividly reveals how people face adversity and sacrifice while chasing justice and retribution.” — Publishers Weekly
“Gripping historical fiction” — Good Housekeeping
“If you like period dramas, thrillers, female-fronted sagas, or all three, you’ll want to pre-order your copy soon.” — Marie Claire
“An intense and enthralling mystery. Meticulously researched…the texture and depth that is offered to the world Quinn’s characters inhabit make for an engrossing tale. In The Huntress Kate Quinn has created a gripping and elegant historical mystery— this one is not to be missed!” — BookBub
“The Huntress reads like the best World War II fiction. [An] engrossing, suspenseful, and authentic book to give you a new perspective on women, war, and the wheels of justice.” — NPR
“The author of the bestselling book The Alice Network is back with another engrossing (and deliciously long) novel...lots of threads means only one thing: lots of twists.” — Refinery 29
“Quinn’s narrative is full of suspense. Expertly plotted, with questions of justice at its center, The Huntress is a dark, riveting account of war, revenge and deep human compassion in the face of both” — Shelf Awareness
“It is brilliantly paced and impossible to put down.” — Mystery Scene
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Nina Markova grows up on the icy edge of Soviet Russia, dreaming of flight and fearing nothing. When war arrives, she gambles everything to join the Night Witches, a 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 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 and after the Nuremburg Trials, he abandons journalism to become a Nazi hunter. Yet one target eludes him: the Huntress. Ian must join forces with Nina, but a secret could derail their mission unless they confront it.
Seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride grows up in post&;World War II Boston, determined to become a photographer. At first delighted when her widowed father brings home a fiancée, Jordan becomes disquieted by the German widow who is hiding something. Armed with her camera and her wits, Jordan delves into her stepmother&;s past and discovers deeply buried mysteries. But Jordan&;s search for the truth may threaten all she holds dear.
- Editore : William Morrow & Co (26 febbraio 2019)
- Lingua : Inglese
- Copertina rigida : 530 pagine
- ISBN-10 : 0062884344
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062884343
- Peso articolo : 762 g
- Dimensioni : 15.24 x 3.48 x 22.86 cm
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 2,280 in Thriller militari
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Oltre al divertimento di una buona lettura, il libro è informativo su fatti poco noti, come ad esempio il ruolo delle donne sovietiche aviatrici nella seconda guerra mondiale e come già a pochi giorni dalla fine della guerra il perfido serpente della "Guerra fredda" fra Unione Sovietica e Occidente aveva già rizzato la testa.
Una lettura assolutamente da non perdere.
Another beautifully written piece of history turned into fiction!
This is the story of British war reporter Ian Graham and his workmate Tony Rodomovsky who become Nazi hunters after the war and team up with former Soviet fighter pilot Nina to track down "The Huntress", the former mistress of a Nazi officer, who is alleged to have committed heinous war crimes.
Their hunt takes them across the Atlantic to a fabulously depicted 1950s Boston, where we meet another wonderful character, Jordan, a young girl and aspiring photographer who has just met her new German-speaking stepmother. 👀
Once again, as in most of Quinn’s books, we are swept from one vivid timeline to another as we slowly discover how Nina managed to join the all-female 588th Night Bomber Regiment "Night Witches", how she met the Huntress during the war and why she is so hell-bent on slitting the woman’s throat.
This was a masterfully woven story with characters that will stick with you for a long time. I lapped up every sentence, every chunk of history class that Quinn offers us so generously and I still couldn't get enough. The research that goes into her books is astounding and I love discovering all of these strong women who have given their contribution, if not their lives, to their country!
When you read the last page of this book, you can't help but feel a great sense of loss. Like saying goodbye to some special friends you will probably never see again!
A big thank you to my ‘sestra’ buddy readers for making this read even more enjoyable. I loved reading everyone's ideas and assumptions! Can't wait for her next book to come out in March!
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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.