Top critical review
Amazing idea, less than perfect execution
March 10, 2019
I waited for this one for so long, pre ordered it months before it came out.
Having read "The Alice Network" by the same author (actually my first but not last Kate Quinn book), i expected a more thrilling and fast paced read.
I absolutly adored "The Alice Network" because of it's two storylines told from flawed but interesting characters (read this book immediatly if you haven't read it already, it's a gem).
However, this book left me debating it's cons rather than pros.
The book is told from 3 points of view (Nina, Ian, Jordan), and their sections were no even in holding my interest.
The book is a mixed bag, with good and bad aspects to consider:
1. The book is so very long- A decent editorial work would have left out about 100 pages without omitting anything significant from the plot.
2. One of the main characters, Nina, is so coarse and cartoonish (and foul mouthed) that she is not beliveably portrayed.
I don't know how many Russian people have the author met, but i'm pretty sure that this one would stand out even among the most boorish Russian crowds ever gathered.
3. The character of Ian is so prim and proper, that his part of the story is simply not captivating enough.
1. The amount of research that went into this is probably staggering considering the difficult topic of the Night Witches the author chose to deal with. There are not many books translated from the Russian language, so finding documents, books etc. was probably very difficult.
2. The character of Jordan is very refreshing, as she is a modern woman struggling against social conventions and trying to seize control of her life following many dissapointments.
3. The LGBT topic is raised as part of the plot line, and interwoven in a clever way in the plot. I will not reveal how or between whom, but it adds a significant layer to the plot.
So, overall a good book for those interested in the Night Witches, hunt of war criminals in the U.S after the war, but misses the mark for those interested in more developed characters.