The brand-new historical novel based on a true story from the bestselling author of The Rose Code and The Alice Network
In the snowbound city of Kiev, wry and bookish history student Mila Pavlichenko organises her life around her library job and her young son – but Hitler’s invasion of Russia sends her on a different path. Given a rifle and sent to join the fight, Mila must forge herself from studious girl to deadly sniper – a lethal hunter of Nazis known as Lady Death. When news of her three hundredth kill makes her a national heroine, Mila finds herself torn from the bloody battlefields of the eastern front and sent to America on a goodwill tour.
Still reeling from war wounds and devastated by loss, Mila finds herself isolated and lonely in the glittering world of Washington DC – until an unexpected friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and an even more unexpected connection with a silent fellow sniper offer the possibility of happiness. But when an old enemy from Mila’s past joins forces with a deadly new foe lurking in the shadows, Lady Death finds herself battling her own demons and enemy bullets in the deadliest duel of her life.
Based on a true story, The Diamond Eye is a haunting novel of heroism born of desperation, of a mother who became a soldier, of a woman who found her place in the world and changed the course of history forever.
Praise for The Rose Code
‘A terrific book bursting with vivid atmosphere’ Dinah Jefferies, bestselling author of The Tea-Planter’s Wife
‘Wonderful… a hugely satisfying and thrilling read’ Fern Britton, bestselling author of Daughters of Cornwall
‘Immersive, thrilling and packed with wonderful characters… I absolutely loved every page of this incredible book’ Jill Mansell, bestselling author of Maybe This Time
Praise for Kate Quinn
‘Richly evocative and totally gripping’ Sunday Times
‘Intrigue, mystery, betrayal . . . a wonderful multi-layered read’ Dinah Jefferies
‘Hugely satisfying and thrilling’ Fern Britton
‘Love, loss, betrayal and redemption . . . impossibly gripping from start to finish’ Celia Rees
‘Epic in every way, brilliantly researched, beautifully written, and completely unputdownable’ Jenny Ashcroft
‘Quinn’s meticulous research and impeccable characterization shine through this gripping and beautifully executed novel’ Beatriz Williams
‘An unforgettable love story but also a tale of friendship, fortitude and forgiveness’ Susan Meissner
‘Heartbreaking, fascinating and mysterious’ Booklist
‘[Her] page-turning narrative is enhanced by her richly drawn characters and by the fascinating code-breaking techniques, which come alive via Quinn’s extensive historical detail’ Publishers Weekly
‘If you enjoyed The Tattooist of Auschwitz, read The Huntress by Kate Quinn’ Washington Post
‘[A] complexly structured saga . . . the book’s psychological and dramatic elements combine for a powerful and satisfying finale’ Wall Street Journal