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Yesternight: A Novel
     

Yesternight: A Novel

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by Cat Winters
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Simone St James author of Lost Among the Living
“A haunting, unforgettable read.”
Emily Park
“Winters follows The Uninvited with another gripping historical novel, this one an exploration of the effects of suppressed trauma and desire. [...]in this well-written tale that is suspenseful in all the right places, and will keep readers guessing at every page.”
RT Book Reviews
“[…] Be warned; this is not a simple mystery with a paranormal twist. Here is a story of possible reincarnation and madness that grips readers from the opening dreary, cold moment to the end and leaves one feeling unsettled, yet satisfied [...] Not a tale for the gentle reader.”
Book Riot
“This novel is engaging, gripping, and features an extraordinary main character in Alice, a woman ahead of her time, intent on independence.”
Library Journal
09/15/2016
In 1925, child psychologist Alice Lind travels to the stormy coast of Oregon to test the learning abilities of the local children. Michael O'Daire picks her up at the station and offers her a place to stay while she's in town. He hopes that Alice can help his seven-year-old daughter, Janie, who believes she lived a past life. As Alice learns more of Janie's story and gathers evidence that the girl might really be experiencing something beyond scientific explanation, she is also drawn into the lives of the child's parents, particularly the dangerously handsome Michael. While there's more than a dash of melodrama in Alice's romantic entanglements, the author does a good job of building suspense about whether Janie's experiences could be real, with a skeptical Scully-like Alice confronted with events beyond what her psychology training can explain. VERDICT Atmospheric and spooky with real gothic flair, the latest from Winters (The Uninvited) introduces a realistically flawed heroine stifled by the conventions of her time.—MM

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062440860
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/04/2016
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
100,795
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Cat Winters's debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was released to widespread critical acclaim. The novel has been named a finalist for the 2014 Morris Award, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, and a Booklist 2013 Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth. Winters lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two children.

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Yesternight: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Mirella 10 months ago
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.