The Huntress is a triple timeline historical fiction set during and just after World War Two; it features an English journalist on the trail of Nazi war criminals, a Russian bomber pilot always looking towards the west and a woman who wants to stop running.
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.
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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, 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.