Thursday, October 27, 2016

YESTERNIGHT by Cat Winters

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.

OPINION:

From first page to last, this novel held me enthralled. I do love a good gothic style story and YESTERNIGHT is gothic with a twist of the supernatural and reincarnation. 

The protaganist is Alice, a child psychologist, who arrives in a small Oregonian hamlet to administer IQ tests to children. There she meets a young girl named Janie who speaks about another life in Kansas. Slowly, the tale and truth are revealed, entwining two stories into one. 

Lots to love with this book. Plenty of twists and turns, mystery, and beautiful writing that adds to the eerie atmosphere. Highly recommended.