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The Diamond Eye

—Book Review—

Title: The Diamond Eye

Author: Kate Quinn

Publisher: William & Morrow

Genre: Historical Fiction

The Diamond Eye by author @katequinn5975 was a no-brainer selection for an April pick for the @bookfriendsbookclub. We can’t thank Kate enough for joining our book club for a second time and answering all of our questions. We even got a few questions answered by her husband who is in the Navy and she showed us her rifle that she purchased to better identify with the character, Lyudmila Pavlichenko.

“From whom much is given, much is demanded”

Mila Pavlichenko. I’m not sure I’ve ever read about a character like Mila Pavlichenko. And I’m not sure I ever will again. A historian, librarian, and student working on a dissertation turned sniper!? Total Bad A**. Nicknamed Lady Death. 309 official kills (with who knows how many unofficial). So with all of these facts I bet you are thinking she was kind of a cold person. Absolutely not. Above all she was a mother, a daughter, and eventually a wife. You got the sense she liked to mother her platoon. She even became really good friends with Eleanor Roosevelt after her good will tour to the US.

“I reminded myself that you must do the thing you think you cannot do”

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ All the stars. This is a book you’ll immediately want to start back over. It’s a classic historical fiction with dual timeline and multi POV. My absolute favorite story telling. Most of the story is very much like a biography because it’s very accurate. The creativity from the author came with the element of a little mystery with a hitman and some of Mila’s romantic relationships. I liked the way each chapter began with snippets of Mila’s memoir/unofficial reflections. Kate Quinn is a MASTER story teller. I look forward to her next book.

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