The Huntress: A Novel by Kate QuinnThe Huntress: A Novel by Kate Quinn

The Huntress: A Novel

byKate Quinn

Paperback | February 26, 2019

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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. 

Kate Quinn was born and raised in southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor¿s and later a Master¿s degree in Classical Voice. She has always been a lifelong history buff. She put that love of history to work when she wrote four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renai...
Title:The Huntress: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:560 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.12 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.12 inPublished:February 26, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062740377

ISBN - 13:9780062740373


Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's Okay Agh this book needed to be cut down. There's just so much dense information and the two plot lines move along so dang slowly. There was no surprise as to who was The Huntress either. Like none what so ever so I don't know why they delayed the reveal so long. I liked this more than The Alice Network buy I think I've just come to the conclusion that Quinn's stuff isn't terrible but it's overhyped and not my taste. Rep: one of the main female characters is in a F/F romance
Date published: 2019-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-read! As a lover of historical fiction, this book was a must-read for me. The multiple perspectives and time periods used, instead of getting confusing, helped keep things fresh and give more insight into why the characters are the way that they are. I gravitated more towards Nina's story of rebellion and adventure. It's a very unique take on WWII historical fiction and drew me to also finally pick up The Alice Network. Kate Quinn keeps you guessing and intrigued throughout the whole novel, this is 100% a must-read!
Date published: 2019-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read Could not put this book down! I fell in love with all the main characters. Amazing story.
Date published: 2019-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Could not put this down The Huntress by Kate Quinn – 4 stars “She dropped it as though it were red hot. It lay among the bridal roses and loops of pale blue ribbon like a drop of poison. Something old, something new, Jordan thought, waves of bewildered horror crawling down her spine, something Nazi, something blue.” Jordan knew something was off with Anneliese when her father brought her home, but she just couldn’t put her finger on it. But a picture is worth a thousand words, and the one she snaps of Anneliese won’t stop speaking to her. The look in her future stepmother’s eyes speaks of cruel, soul shattering, bone chilling things. Between this, and the swastika she finds hidden within her bridal bouquet Jordan has questions, and she will stop at nothing to get answers. An ocean, and a lifetime away Anneliese’s past crimes have resurfaced. A dynamic duo of war criminal hunters have teamed up with the only witness to escape the clutches of illusive “Huntress”. They will stop at nothing to hunt her down to seek justice for those lives she has taken. Quinn masterfully weaves together the many points of view of the lives Anneliese has touched, tortured, and torn apart, as they all inch closer to uncovering her deepest darkest secrets and her current whereabouts. Without revealing more of the fabulously intricate plot line, I will leave you with my final verdict: I will ever-more be an avid reader of all things Kate Quinn!
Date published: 2019-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved The Huntress.... I loved The Alice Network and enjoyed The Huntress just as much...
Date published: 2019-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! I couldn't put this book down - I loved the Alice Network and The Huntress lived up to expectations.
Date published: 2019-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this historical fiction. This book kept me engrossed throughout. Adventures, dedication, and deprivation kept me reading until the wee hours. Thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
Date published: 2019-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and Intriguing! As a lover of historical fiction, this book was a must read for me. The multiple perspectives and time periods used, instead of getting confusing, helped keep things fresh and give more insight into why the characters are the way that they are. I gravitated more towards Nina's story of rebellion and adventure. It's a very unique take on WWII historical fiction and drew me to also finally pick up The Alice Network. Kate Quinn keeps you guessing and intrigued throughout the whole novel, this is 100% a must-read!
Date published: 2019-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Captivating Kate Quinn has done it again! I absolutely adored this historical fiction. I feel I connected a lot with both Jordan and Nina. While they are both wildly different there were aspects to their individual stories that I felt I could relate to. I love the way that Kate Quinn writes from multiple perspectives and that she even had Eve Gardiner from the Alice Network make a small cameo. This novel lived up to all of my expectations and my heart strings were tugged on by the Night Witches and their fearlessness and sacrifice for their country.
Date published: 2019-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Engrossing Story 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!
Date published: 2019-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A timely story of the evil men and women do as we see extremism rearing its ugly head around the globe. Hunting Nazis is tedious business requiring patience and the ability to focus on the long game. The brilliance of this story to intersperse incidents of wartime action with the tedium of looking for clues about the whereabouts of war criminals and the action sequences are deftly handled. The climax gets the blood pounding. The denouement ties it all together and yet is not totally the conventional happy ending.
Date published: 2019-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! It's been awhile since I've read something that I didn't want to end. Captivating!
Date published: 2019-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Novel Rarely do I call a novel phenomenal, but the Huntress lived up the hype and exceeded my expectations. The plot is engrossing, the characters well developed and engaging, and the pace makes it impossible to put down! A great long weekend read.
Date published: 2019-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing historical fiction I read the Alice Network by the same author and loved it, but the Huntress tops it by a mile. It was not predictable at all, and kept me so engaged that I found it hard to put this book down. The strength of the female characters made this predator prey tale intriguing. I appreciated the accuracy of the facts woven into fiction. A very different take on WWII stories. All the praise directed towards this novel is well deserved.
Date published: 2019-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Historical Fiction Story I devoured this book in just a few days. Kate Quinn has a wonderful writing style that pulls you in and doesn't disappoint. The story was told across a span of several years and from the alternating viewpoints of three characters - but it flows together seamlessly. While I did find the book to be slightly predictable, that didn't stop me from enjoying it as I read through it. Upon completing the book, my initial rating was 4 stars out of 5. I find that it takes something truly compelling in a novel for me to give it a 5 star rating. However, after finishing the book, I read the Author's Note. The author's note definitely bumped this book up to a 5 star rating. Kate Quinn did thorough research before writing this novel, and reading about all the comparisons between fact and fiction that she included in the book were amazing. This was the first Kate Quinn book I have read, but she has made a very good impression, and I will be reading her other books. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend!
Date published: 2019-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intoxicating plot and character lines After reading The Alice Network, I knew the kind of plot twisting and intricate writing style of Quinn and I was definitely not disappointed. Incredible story with incredible characters. Typically, I get frustrated with predictable plot lines and although this one became rather predictable towards the end, I was still unable to put it down!!
Date published: 2019-04-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Given how much I loved the Alice Network, I thought this would be another favourite. Sadly I was disappointed :( The progression was so slow, I had to force myself to sit down and keep going to finish the book. The writing style was odd, jumpy and hard to follow at many points through the book. That said, I loved the characters and some of the dialogue between them.
Date published: 2019-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! After reading the Alice Network, I had high expectations for the Huntress, and it lived up to every single one of them. I did not want this novel to end, it has a little bit of everything from suspense to romance, a real page turner. I hope Kate Quinn writes more novels regarding this part of history in the future!
Date published: 2019-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made me love Historical Fiction. This is the first novel I have read by Kate Quinn. This historical fiction novel is told across multiple points of view and across multiple years between 1940 – 1950. As I read I learned more about each character and their personal reasons for their search to find the war criminal they call “the huntress”. I found the writing to allow for just enough of an element of suspense to keep me reading and I enjoyed the historical elements, the brave characters, and I also liked the bit of romance the author included between Tony and Jordan. I would like to read more of them. I was anxiously waiting for the part when the characters paths would intertwine during the search, and I was not disappointed in the author’s execution. I enjoyed the way the author switched the POV between the chapters and how the book was also divided into parts. I have not read The Alice Network, but after enjoying The Huntress as much as I did, I definitely want to pull it from my shelf and read it soon. This book has added to my new appreciation for the genre of historical fiction and I definitely will be reading more of this genre.
Date published: 2019-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! 5 stars are not enough for this one, right up there wth The Alice Network and The Nightingale. I want to read more about these characters. A sequel would be wonderful.
Date published: 2019-03-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So slow! This book had such a good story line, but it was so slow and hard to get into. I couldn't even finish it.
Date published: 2019-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, loved it!! I love going into a book blind, from experience I know that a Kate Quinn book is always a treat but will admit being blown away with my experience with The Huntress. I really didn’t know anything other than that the Night Witches were part of the story. As the different time periods, characters and plots unfolded I found myself mesmerized with the exquisite writing. I was transported and put right in the scenes, felt the emotional situations and really appreciated the author's knowledge of the time periods and it’s history. The characters were deep, complex, and authentic. I smiled with the wit that was mixed in at just the right time, breaking up some of the tension. This is one of those books where I savored the time I was able to sit and read, to enjoy the ride as only Kate Quinn can deliver on. Not only did The Huntress make my best of 2018 but also one of my all time favorites, definitely can see myself rereading.
Date published: 2019-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Book! The Huntress by Kate Quinn 5/5 Stars Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres and The Huntress is one of my most anticipated books of 2019. I had high expectations going into this book and they were all surpassed. Kate Quinn does an amazing job of weaving together history and fiction. I was drawn into this novel and invested in the lives of the characters from the very beginning. Inspired and based off of real events and people The Huntress is well paced and through multiple timelines and perspectives I was eager to keep turning the pages. We follow the stories of Ian Graham, a British war correspondent turned Nazi hunter and Nina Markova, a Russian night bomber pilot. Ian and Nina both have a personal connection with The Huntress, a Nazi war criminal who has disappeared after the war. We also follow Jordan McBride in post WWII Boston whose father has met and fallen in love with a war widow who does not want to talk about her past. There’s a little bit of everything in this novel: a little mystery, some romance and of course learning about aspects of history I did not know before (especially the Night Witches!). I also really liked reading the author notes at the end. I felt a spectrum of emotions as I read The Huntress and I am more excited to read more from Kate Quinn in the future. Thank you so much to Harper Collins Canada for an advanced copy of this book! The Huntress by Kate Quinn will be published on February 26, 2019
Date published: 2019-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enormously Compelling! I love this book unreservedly, and I am so thankful to have read the advance copy, because it is absolutely amazing. The characters are memorable, with distinct voices and intriguing character arcs, and the story is readable and intensely compelling. It's best to read this one in as few sittings as possible because you will not want to stop reading it to discover where all the layered threads lead. But it's more than just an entertaining story, because the history involved is all carefully researched and acknowledged, and the fictional elements are still largely based on a variety of factual events and people - all of which is explained in a note from the author at the end of the book. This is perfect for anyone who loves strong writing and a gripping plot, wants a well-researched and fascinating story, appreciates character development, and/or is looking for the next book about which they can't stop talking. (Because, trust me, you'll want to tell people about this book.) If you enjoyed <i>Code Name Verity</i>, <i>The Nightingale</i>, <i>The Alice Network</i>, or <i>Circling the Sun</i>, you shouldn't hesitate to pick this up.
Date published: 2018-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put this book down! I loved The Alice Network By Kate Quinn. This was even better!
Date published: 2018-10-14

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