The Diamond Eye - Kate Quinn

The Diamond Eye

By Kate Quinn

  • Release Date: 2022-03-29
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 1,251 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 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.


  • Bull’s Eye

    By SC Indigo
    This was by far the best , most enthralling, book I have read this year. The fact that most all of it is true makes it even better. For Americans to read this book is even more important, especially with the war raging in Ukraine. To understand the present we must learn about the past.
  • Excellent read!

    By awestkri
    Gripping until the very end.
  • Good read

    By ReaderFan2017777
    Interesting story about female sniper but not a cold blooded killer. Would recommend
  • The diamond eye

    By I rock I know.
    I couldn’t put this book down. It was riveting from beginning to end.
  • Love a woman lead!

    By Guammybear
    Amazing story! If it weren’t for me wanting to sleep, I would’ve finished this book sooner.
  • 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.