Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Review: The Pilot's Girl by Catherine Hokin

The Pilot's Girl
by Catherine Hokin

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 232
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  ‘Smile, nod, and don’t breathe a word of what happens here. Or I’ll put you on the next train to Auschwitz myself.’

Four years later. Hanni Winter shivers in her thin coat as she hurries through the empty Berlin streets to her job. Despite the freezing winter and poverty all around, her cheeks flush when she meets the man she is photographing today, charismatic Tony Miller, the American pilot risking his life to bring food and provisions to the starving people of the city. But her rush of joy turns to ash as she sees the man behind him…

It’s been years since Hanni fled her terrible past, but seeing Reiner Foss now brings back harrowing memories of the man they called The Showman, and of the concentration camp he commanded. The last time she tried to expose him, Hanni almost died, can she dare to try again? Or should she seize the chance she sees in Tony’s sparkling eyes to leave the horrors of the war behind?

Hanni is no longer the frightened child she was when the Nazis devastated her life beyond repair. She vows to avenge every person who suffered at Reiner’s hands. But does her attraction to Tony leave her vulnerable? Can Hanni protect her loved ones from her past, or will the cost of fighting her demons ultimately prove more than she can pay?

Kritters Thoughts:  The second in a series and while it had been awhile since I read the first book, the author easily brought the reader up to speed to four years later when this book begins and Hanni Winter is headed to a photography job of an American pilot, Tony Miller when another mystery falls in her lap and she is back working with Freddy and trying to use her photography to help solve a mystery as unfortunately dead bodies keep showing up.  

A serial killer keeps leaving dead bodies behind and with a few trademarks that will eventually help Freddy and Hanni get to the bottom of the mystery.  For me, for mystery books, the pacing matters most and Catherine Hokin expertly released clues and kept the story moving from the beginning to the end.  Just as I thought that we had to come to the end, she threw something else out and I was ready to keep reading and guessing!

I love the combination of mystery and historical fiction and hope that there are many more to come.  To be swept into a mystery that takes place without the modern conveniences adds something - when the characters can't take the easy way out and instead have to really put their nose to the grind to solve it. 

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2022 Challenge: 25 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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