The Diamond Eye - Kate Quinn

The Diamond Eye

By Kate Quinn

  • Release Date: 2022-03-29
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 966 Ratings


New York Times Bestseller

The bestselling author of The Rose Code returns with an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet bookworm who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper. Based on a true story.

In 1937 in the snowbound city of Kiev (now known as Kyiv), wry and bookish history student Mila Pavlichenko organizes her life around her library job and her young son—but Hitler’s invasion of Ukraine and 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.


  • Wow

    By Tresanon1
    Utterly riveting and spectacular book...exhausting and impossible to put down!
  • Couldn’t put it down!

    By Kacey B.
    This is so well written and what a page-turner. As a fan of the WW 2 era, it was good to have the Russian perspective whom I’d always thought of as the enemy. Can’t wait to read her next novel.
  • Great story!

    By OKS!%&@
    Historical fiction that doesn’t disappoint.
  • Loved it!

    By Addumitriu
    Love! Love! Loved this! Such a great read. I blew right through it.
  • Wow!

    By sfcurious
    Fantastic read - couldn’t put it down. Can’t wait to read Quinn’s other works.
  • The Diamond Eye

    By SecondWindFarm
    So interesting and timely. I love Kate Quinn’s historical fiction. It’s horrifying but not difficult to imagine a woman in Ukraine being called to protect her homeland and family today. Some of the current countries have swapped roles but the threat to freedom and family is sadly the same.
  • Great easy read

    By sockmonkey18
    Really good interesting read. I found 2 plots lines a little over the top. The story could have stood on its own without the additional drama.
  • Great read

    By read and relax
    This book was a great find for me. Based on historical events I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, and the storytelling of such important history. The will and character of those who fought so bravely for their countries and humanity is on full display.