The Huntress

Morrow. Feb. 2019. 560p. ISBN 9780062740373. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062740380. F
Losing her mom in 1936 was tough, but Jordan McBride and her dad kept it together. Now 17 and dreaming of a photography career in postwar Boston, she finally gets to meet the woman who caught her dad's attention. Meanwhile, in Europe, British former war correspondent Ian and American ex-GI Tony team up with Russian fighter pilot Nina Markova to hunt down war criminals. At the top of their list is the Huntress, known for lulling her victims into a sense of safety before brutally killing them. Nina is the only witness to escape the Huntress. When the trail leads to Boston and the McBrides, will they find a murderer or a dead end? Readers should expect to give up weekend plans once they start this novel. Using fictional characters in a story based on real-life efforts to find Nazi fugitives provides a new historical viewpoint. Quinn (The Alice Network) builds her characters through small details, allowing readers to develop opinions on who's being honest and what their next action might be. The weaving of separate threads into a cohesive, satisfying end is subtle and skillful.
VERDICT A great choice for historical fiction fans, particularly of World War IIset novels, mystery readers, or anyone seeking well-crafted stories in which good triumphs over evil. [See Prepub Alert, 8/20/18.]
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