Book Drunkard

“I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” L.M. Montgomery

The Huntress by Kate Quinn, review

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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.


I work at a book store and when someone is looking for a recommendation, THE HUNTRESS by Kate Quinn is my most recommended book.  Chances are, the customer has already read THE ALICE NETWORK and when I tell them Quinn’s new book is even better, they look at me with skepticism.  And, when they return, they almost all agree with me.  I was lucky enough to meet Kate in November of 2018 and got an advanced copy of the book.  Each chance I got I told my customers to be ready for it.

I was completely immersed from the very first page of the 560.  The book is detailed–sometimes romantic and often times dark.  It’s rich with historical details which is what I look for most in this genre (obviously!).  The collision of the three main story lines is nothing short of brilliant and will leave you speechless.  Let me tell you, I’ve never had a greater book hangover.  Just give me a whole bunch of stars so I can stick them all over this book.

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