Saturday, August 02, 2014
In the Shadow of Blackbirds, by Cat Winters
A complex and interesting novel that combines historical fiction and the paranormal. It actually reminded me a bit of that old Kevin Bacon film (Fade To Black) in the way that the dead reach out to the receptive living to fix injustice (although one could cite Ghost as well, I suppose!). In that vein, the story works well as a truly creepy thriller.
But there's the more interesting historical part. Fascinating details about the impact of WWI on the home front, the rebirth of spiritualism, as well as the flu pandemic fill out this story and fix it (at least partly) in reality. Period photographs (some of them quite freaky) give the book a great design. I enjoyed its originality and creativity.