Saturday, October 1, 2016
Review: Yesternight by Cat Winters
Summary from Goodreads:
From the author of The Uninvited comes a haunting historical novel with a compelling mystery at its core. A young child psychologist steps off a train, her destination a foggy seaside town. There, she begins a journey causing her to question everything she believes about life, death, memories, and reincarnation.
In 1925, Alice Lind steps off a train in the rain-soaked coastal hamlet of Gordon Bay, Oregon. There, she expects to do nothing more difficult than administer IQ tests to a group of rural schoolchildren. A trained psychologist, Alice believes mysteries of the mind can be unlocked scientifically, but now her views are about to be challenged by one curious child.
Seven-year-old Janie O’Daire is a mathematical genius, which is surprising. But what is disturbing are the stories she tells: that her name was once Violet, she grew up in Kansas decades earlier, and she drowned at age nineteen. Alice delves into these stories, at first believing they’re no more than the product of the girl’s vast imagination. But, slowly, Alice comes to the realization that Janie might indeed be telling a strange truth.
Alice knows the investigation may endanger her already shaky professional reputation, and as a woman in a field dominated by men she has no room for mistakes. But she is unprepared for the ways it will illuminate terrifying mysteries within her own past, and in the process, irrevocably change her life.
I was extremely happy to get Cat Winter's new novel from netgalley, I started reading her gothic/historical fiction a year or so ago and have enjoyed all of her novels so far.
I enjoyed the first 80 percent of the novel and it would have been a 4 or 4.5 read for me expect that I really disliked the ending and it was a bit too sexual for my tastes.
I really liked the scenes where Alice works with children and Winters did a great job explaining past lives and some of the psychologist terms. Plus, there was romance that I did start to like but the ending kind of ruined that for me.
The ending just seemed out of place in opinion, and the characters kind of changed a bit, it was a strange and interesting ending but confusing.
I recommend checking out this novel if you can handle the mature content and enjoy Winter's writing style/historical fiction with a twist.