Once again, Kate Quinn has written a story with compelling characters. Quinn’s previous novel, The Alice Network, was hard to put down and she’s done it again with The Huntress. We have several unique points of view telling their stories about WW II.
Ian Graham was a war correspondent but he’s burnt out after witnessing so much horror. Currently Ian and his partner Tony are Nazi hunters. The big score would be the elusive Die Jägerin – a female killer (the Huntress) who mercilessly killed anyone in her path, including women and children. Ian Graham has a personal interest in her as she is evidently responsible for his young soldier brother’s death.
Nina is a Russian aviator with quite an interesting back story. She is a Siberian “night witch” who flies with her all female comrades in WW II. I really felt for Nina, all she endured, yet she’s the toughest of the bunch. Dangerous, skillful, sexy and extremely driven. Our author did her homework about the Russian female aviators. There really was a “night witch” group who served their country.
Last and certainly not least is Jordan McBride. She’s a young woman living with her widowed father in Boston. She has a passion for photography, her dream job would be a photographic journalist, traveling the world. In the 1950’s a career is not encouraged, as much as sh’d love to attend college her father doesn’t approve. When dad meets a young German widow his life changes, as does Jordan’s life. Her story dovetails with the other three mentioned above.
I enjoyed every story line, every perspective and can recommend this to anyone who enjoyed The Alice Network. Once again Kate Quinn hits it out of the park.
Foodie references weren’t abundant but Nina could tuck into a hamburger with such gusto that Ian enjoyed watching her enthusiasm. She had a style of putting jam in tea (I’m not trying that) and there were mentions of borscht, a Thanksgiving dinner and 1950/60’s comfort food from the McBride’s kitchen.