Monday, October 12, 2015
Review: The Uninvited by Cat Winters
Summary from Goodreads:
Twenty-five year old Ivy Rowan rises from her bed after being struck by the flu, only to discover the world has been torn apart in just a few short days.
But Ivy’s life-long gift—or curse—remains. For she sees the uninvited ones—ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked, unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death. On that October evening in 1918 she sees the spirit of her grandmother, rocking in her mother’s chair. An hour later, she learns her younger brother and father have killed a young German out of retaliation for the death of Ivy’s older brother Billy in the Great War.
Horrified, she leaves home, to discover the flu has caused utter panic and the rules governing society have broken down. Ivy is drawn into this new world of jazz, passion, and freedom, where people live for the day, because they could be stricken by nightfall. But as her ‘uninvited guests’ begin to appear to her more often, she knows her life will be torn apart once more, but Ivy has no inkling of the other-worldly revelations about to unfold.
The first half of the novel dragged a bit for me (and I'm a huge fan of Winters work) but as it went on I flew through the last 100 pages. I like how Winters always uses historical events and ties it in with her supernatural or gothic elements, it really makes the novel feel authentic.
AND THAT ENDING!
It was an amazing and shocking ending (and I loved the fact that it was not a cliffhanger) that made me realize just how much I had come to love the main character Ivy and the side characters.
I recommend checking out this amazing gothic fiction novel if you enjoy that genre!
Four Stars Out of Five