The Huntress

The Huntress

by Kate Quinn


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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 

One of Marie Claire's Best Women’s Fiction Books of the Year

One of BookBub's Biggest Books of the Year

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. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062740373
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 963
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Kate Quinn is a native of Southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga and two books set in the Italian Renaissance detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple languages. She and her husband now live in San Diego with two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia.

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The Huntress: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
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gaele 9 months ago
After the war several groups were dispatched from the allies to bring war criminals to justice, everyone knows of Nuremberg and the trials for the Nazis, but what I hadn’t known, before this book, was that Russians were also being sought, most peculiarly women from the 46th Taman Guards Night Bomber regiment – women running combat bombing missions targeting Germany during the war. Brutal times and even more shockingly, brutal women, highlighted by the search for The Huntress, responsible for many horrible crimes including leading 6 Jewish children and one escaped POW into a cabin in the woods, feeding them before murdering them, and moving on. She’d disappeared during the war, and the story is of the people hunting her. Ian and Tony along with Ian’s wife Nina, a former member of the Taman Guards are hunting the woman named ‘The Huntress” all gather in Boston, where they meet Jordan – a young woman who wants to be a photojournalist and is intrigued with the allied hunters’ quest. Four people ostensibly working together with a singular purpose, the story is told in three points of view. Jordan and Ian are more ‘current” to the actual hunt in the 1950’s, with Ian’s search being highly personal as his brother was killed by this self-same huntress during her spree. Nina’s point of view, as a member of the Taman Guards has multiple reasons to want the Huntress captured, preferably dead, and her story is ‘real time’ in the war years, spanning the years between 37 and 44. Each of the stories are tension filled – either with the actual hunt, or the reader wondering what will befall each character next, and the dialogue feels plausible, while the factual information shared all fit together to make a cohesive package, and it was fascinating to find these bits of history that I hadn’t known before. What emerges here is classic Quinn, with the well-defined characters, each a mix of self-serving and looking at the ‘bigger picture’, with descriptions and some over-dramatization, as well as the mystery surrounding the identity of “The Huntress” did dance with overplaying a hand, and the tension often fell off as description took precedence over action and revelations. It wasn’t enough to frustrate me overmuch, but the inconsistency in pacing and tension did make this more a four than a five star read. But – I never knew much of Russia’s wartime force or their use of women in combat, and while intrinsically I know that war breeds beastly behavior, it was all the more shocking when relayed by and performed by a woman, apparently our baser instincts are not limited to the males of the species. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This was one of my first ARC editions in exchange for an honest review. I am hoping it is not my last! Kate Quinn does such a fantastic job of bringing history to life with her novels. While listening to The Alice Network walking my dogs, I got so entranced in the story I actually shouted out loud when something surprised me. I scared my dogs to death! You need to know that going into this review. For me, that book would have been 10 stars. It is SO hard to live up to a book that hits all the right places for a reader. I want the review to be honest, and not all books are 5 stars. I save those for the very very best. Having said that, this was a wonderful book. The characters were all very well developed with their flaws and their perfections. They worked together in a way that you could believe. I love the format of alternating between viewpoints. We heard from Jordan - a young girl living in Boston with her widowed father. He meets a woman, Anneliese, and the two marry. Jordan has a very active imagination and is not so sure about Anneliese at the start. Anneliese has a daughter, Ruth. Jordan loves her from the start. The next viewpoint is Ian Graham. He was a war correspondent who has turned into a Nazi hunter. He is seeking justice for his brother, Sebastian, who was killed in the war. The last point of view is Nina. She was raised in Siberia and ends up joining the Russian air force as a "night witch". The three stories come together beautifully thru the course of this book. If you enjoy historical fiction, you will enjoy this as well!
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Anonymous 6 months ago
I couldn’t put this book down. The characters are so real and well developed—I liked every one of them, including the Huntress. Quinn’s descriptive writing of Anna is so good you can feel how deceptive she is. Probably one of the best books I’ve read this year.
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Sensitivemuse 10 days ago
I loved reading this one! A great blend of action, intrigue and romance complete with a cast of likable characters. Each one with their story to tell and it’s told well. For some background information it would help to read up on the subject of the Night Witches and their exploits during World War II (which is a fascinating subject on its’ own) Of all the stories to read, Nina’s naturally, is the most interesting. She’s a wild child, does her own thing and doesn’t care about norms, conventions, and rules. She does her own thing but joins up with her squad not because of the love of her land and country but because she loves to fly. It’s her passion and it shows. I love reading about Nina because of her free spirited attitude and her drive. It’s what keeps her going. The plot is free flowing and the chapters goes back and forth time-wise, and changes perspective depending on the character. Besides Nina, Jordan’s point of view is also interesting. She’s also got an independent streak in her and it’s nice to see her go on her own path based on her decisions. It’s unheard of back then in the day (we’re talking about 1950’s here) so it’s nice to read. The writing is excellent and it grabs your attention from page one. I rather wish there was a small glossary to see what Nina says in Russian (although I’m sure it’s rather colorful language) but other than that small bit, the characters are engaging, and it’s nice how they all come together in the last third of the book. The Author’s Note is also good for explaining what she’s done historical speaking wise. If you are stickler for history perhaps this isn’t for you - it’s more character and story driven. Still an engrossing read and greatly recommended!
MamaHendo 13 days ago
Calling all “Alice Network” fans!! Kate Quinn has done it again. This multi-POV story seamlessly weaves three narrators and two timelines together to create one of the best historical fiction books I’ve read this year. Nina’s storyline takes place during the height of World War II as she fights alongside the other Night Witches as a pilot with the Russian Army. Having survived a brutal childhood by the lake, Nina finds her true calling in life up in the sky. Ian & Jordan’s perspectives both take place post-war. Ian, a British former journalist, is searching for a Nazi known only as die jägerin hoping to bring her to justice for brutal crimes she committed during the war, one in particular Ian carries close to his heart. The Huntress has evaded Ian and his partner Tony for years but could this new lead be the one they have been waiting for? Jordan is an all-American girl living in Boston who has dreamt of being a photographer for as long as she can remember. Her widowed father has recently fallen in love with an immigrant woman with a young daughter. After witnessing a few strange moments, Jordan now has serious suspicions about the true identity of her new step-mother. At 560 pages, this isn’t a quick read and some chapters are slower moving but when Quinn’s characters eventually cross paths you will not be able to put “The Huntress” down.
bookchickdi 27 days ago
Author Kate Quinn's previous novel, The Alice Network, was about a female spy network in World War II France that helped the Allies defeat the Germans. It was a best-seller and even today still resides on the paperback best-seller list. Her new novel, The Huntress, is also partially set in World War II. Following the war, Ian, a Brit, and Tony, an American, have teamed up to find Nazis who have escaped punishment for their crimes. They are looking for a Polish woman known as the Huntress, who is known to have slaughtered innocent children. Nina is a Russian woman who escapes her hardscrabble life to join a cadre of female fighter pilots. The most interesting parts of this big, sprawling novel deal with Nina's experiences as a fighter pilot. The Russians created a team of all-female fighter pilots who had to work twice as hard as the male pilots to prove themselves worthy. Nina found a family among these women, and the descriptions of their battles is heart-pounding on the page. Nina has personal reasons for wanting to find the Huntress, and joins up with Tony and Ian, who have a lead that the Huntress may be hiding in America. They turn the tables on the Huntress, as she now becomes the hunted. In a small Massachusetts town, a teenage girl named Jordan is happy that her widowed father has finally found love again with Anna, an immigrant widowed mother of a young girl. They have become a happy new family, but something nags at Jordan about her stepmother. All of these stories intersect in an intriguing way, and Quinn certainly knows how to ratchet up the tension in this thrilling story. Sharp-eyed fans of The Alice Network will recognize a cameo appearance by one of the main characters from that novel.
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MADreaderMD 3 months ago
Kate Quinn did an excellent job of weaving three timelines from three different character's perspectives into a story that built the suspense to the very end. And notably, we rarely get to see anything from the Huntress' point of view, so her motives remain a mystery to be discovered by the team who have come together to hunt her down. I liked that from the beginning, even though the characters were moving in different times and places, they were all connected by the images, folklore, and nightmares of the lake. It was thrilling to learn about the outstanding heroism of the Russian Night Witches. I had never heard of these women pilots before, and their exploits were truly amazing! It was also interesting to learn how those who were hunting down Nazi war criminals operated after the war. It took such dedication to sift through the minutiae of camp, financial, and army records when most people just wanted to forget the war and move on. And I enjoyed seeing Jordan as a young woman after the war, everyone expecting her to get married and start a family when she had such a passion for photography. It was very believable that she could be suspicious of her step-mother but at the same time crave the support and affection Anna offered. How people who have committed horrendous crimes can compartmentalize their actions and live seemingly normal lives was also a fascinating part of the story. And we got a glimpse of Eve Gardiner from The Alice Network, so all is right in the world!
Glen7297 4 months ago
After reading The Alice Network, I looked forward to Kate Quinn's next novel. "The Huntress" title was intriguing. The story itself took a bit long to unfold. I would have edited out 70-100 pages and not taken anything away from the story. Once engaged, however, I did find it fascinating and learned a lot. Loved the character of Jordan and found the character of Nina to be quite unique, even quirky but fun to read. The aspects about water nymphs or spirits that inhabit lakes added an element of mystery and folklore. Several lakes on different continents were important to the pulling together of this mystery, which is not something that gets solved but maybe makes you say "hmmmmm". I enjoyed this novel and would recommend it. [Disclosure. I was provided an advance copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.]
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DPAULFENTON 5 months ago
great story well organized and great charactures. if you can't enjoy this book you should stop reading. i only read a little each night so it wouldn't end. high recommend
nhr3bookcrazyNR 6 months ago
Loved it! Had me hooked from the start. Enjoyed the way the stories of the characters wove into each other - and how the chapters were set up to carry us back and forth in time. Just great from beginning to end.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I really enjoyed this novel. Though I didn’t speed through it or get as engrossed as I had expected (or as I have done with similar novels in the past), I was fascinated by the lens through which this novel viewed the aftermath of WWII and people’s haste to forget it ever happened. I think that was the most interesting aspect of this novel. It’s hard to think that after something as horrific as WWII we’d all try to brush it under the rug, but the more this novel dug into that notion, the more I realized that that’s what we do with everything out of habit. Push it away and move on. This was a true character piece with much more introspection than action. I’m normally all for these kinds of novels but found it a bit difficult to keep myself from taking breaks. The character stuff was really good and I really loved all of the main players. There were just times where it felt like the story dragged on for far too long. I loved Nina and have always been interested in the Night Witches but found her chapters to be a bit of a slog to get through (then with little payoff at the end). This novel could’ve probably been at least a hundred pages shorter without losing much of its impact. That being said, the ending here was fabulous. I don’t want to give anything away, but I found it quite satisfying, especially after reading the author’s thoughtful note with historical context. As I mentioned before, I really enjoyed getting to know all of the characters. Jordan and Tony were my favorites. They had such wonderfully inspiring spirits. And Ian’s relationship with Nina was fascinating to watch unfold. I could’ve read an entire novel devoted to just the two of them. And the huntress herself was so engaging that I VERY surprisingly found myself questioning whether she should be brought to justice, so bravo Kate Quinn on that. All in all, I really enjoyed this (mainly) post-WWII character piece and the arguments of culpability and punishment that it proposed. THE HUNTRESS definitely gave me something to think about.
8207276 6 months ago
This is by far one of the best books I have ever read and did not want it to end!!!
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JennaBookish 8 months ago
My thanks to William Morrow for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher. Kate Quinn has such a remarkable gift when it comes to creating seriously captivating characters. It's been almost a week since I finished reading and I keep finding myself thinking about Nina, a ruthless, Nazi-killing hellcat who probably really needs a hug. I love Nina to death, and her adoration for real-life Night Witch Marina Raskova had me wanting to learn more about these women. At 560 pages, The Huntress is a somewhat lengthy read, and I found myself annoyed every time I had to put it down. Despite the backdrop of war and violence, the story isn't super action packed or fast-paced. It's a bit of a slow burn and very character driven. I (obviously) found Nina to be the most compelling character, but the story is told through three separate point of view characters. Nina's perspective takes place during the war, whereas Jordan and Ian's perspectives take place after, during Ian's hunt for the infamous Nazi known as The Huntress. Nina exists in both timelines, as she teams up with Ian, but her direct perspective is limited to her life leading up to the war through the first day she meets Ian. Nina comes from a remarkably dysfunctional family, with a drunken and abusive father and siblings she describes as more or less feral. She is damaged in a lot of ways, but her hardships also prepared her for the harshness of war. Ian also made for a really compelling character. No spoilers here, but he has a personal vendetta that fuels a lot of his desire to take down The Huntress. He has a background as a war correspondent, and gives off a distinct air of survivor's guilt. He saw a lot of atrocities during his reporting on the war, and I think Quinn really nailed down the psychology of what that can do to a person. Ian, like a lot of people who has endured trauma, has internalized this idea that he hasn't fully "earned" his emotional disturbances. Soldiers fought and died on the front lines; he wrote articles about it. In the aftermath of trauma, it's sadly so common to see people downplay what happened to them, to dismiss their rights to their own feelings on the basis that someone else had it worse. Ian exemplifies this mindset and I really appreciated seeing an author portray a character like this in a way that seems to validate that struggle. Jordan, the final POV character, is a normal young girl living in America who has her life turned upside-down by The Huntress and those who are searching for her. She has suspicions about her new step-mother early on, which she buries to keep her father happy. A lot of her story line, however, has little to do with the rest of the book. She is a budding young photographer who wants to create a career for herself in a time when women were largely expected to get married and be housewives. She sees nearly every scene as if she's looking through her camera, constantly mentally framing shots even when she doesn't have her camera with her. I absolutely enjoyed every page of this story. Quinn's last novel, The Alice Network, was a ridiculously tough act to follow, but The Huntress did not disappoint in the slightest. This novel is an excellent choice for fans of The Lost Girls of Paris, Lilac Girls. and of course, Kate Quinn's past work.
Queenbethanny 9 months ago
A gripping tale after WWII of a team fighting to bring Nazi war criminals to justice. The elusive Huntress has brought together a team vowing to find her and punish her for unspeakable crimes. The story keeps you engaged and turning the page due to its telling from different perspectives and timeframes.
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