In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

bf9b21_62ad7887560b4c9087b635e5ea49b1c4.png_srz_183_275_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srzHardcover Edition: 
400 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN-13: 978-1419705304

Reading Level: Ages 12 and up

My Rating: ★★★★★



In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?
Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.

My Thoughts: 

This novel was absolutely stunning. Cat Winters writing style is poetic and enchanting. Character development was definitely on point, because I fell completely in love with them from the very beginning. After reading the Acknowledgments and the little section about Cat Winters, I was surprised to find that this is her first novel. Let me just say that whoever reads this book will become so enthralled that they will purchase whatever book Winters publishes next (hint hint, The Curse for Dreaming was just released). I don’t think that I have ever read a book quite like In the Shadow of Blackbirds. I won’t say anything about the plot line itself. It’s too difficult to explain without giving things away. I will just say that it is mesmerizing and you never know what will happen next. Some key elements to consider if you’re interested in this book: World War I, the Spanish flu, séances, and spirit photography. Intrigued? You should be.


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