by Kate Quinn
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: William Morrow (An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
Book Release Date: February 26, 2019
My Review: ★★★★★
When I picked this up, I had high hopes that it would be just as good as The Alice Network. It did not disappoint!
I absolutely loved this story. It had that same back and forth between a few different characters and a couple of timelines. There’s Nina, a stubborn and resilient Russian girl from the Taiga who refuses to be killed. There’s Ian, the English journalist turned hunter of war criminals following WWII. There’s Jordan, a young American girl and aspiring photographer in Boston in the 1950s whose father marries a beautiful and seemingly benevolent woman she just doesn’t trust and can’t yet put her finger on why.
Every one of these story lines are so intriguing and interesting. Every one of these characters are vivid and cunning. Put them together, and it’s pure, literary magic.
I loved how the women ran this story. I loved how strong they were, how downright formidable they were – yes, even the bad ones! And especially Nina! I absolutely loved how fearless, courageous, and unapologetic she was. The mouth on her!! Haha! But also, the heart in her. The characters had their quirks and flaws, and it made them all that much more realistic and fun to read.
Then there was the mystery. Who is friend, who is foe? How do these people’s lives intertwine that won’t be revealed until later, little by little? And might I add, the narration for the audiobook was absolutely phenomenal. Excellent!!
I highly recommend this historical fiction, and this author will be an automatic buy for me from now on.