Summary: In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?
Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.
Review: What a great book! I was a bit skeptical because I usually do not like historical fiction books. But Cat Winters is able to weave the events of the Spanish Flu Epidemic and World War I into a gripping supernatural tale. The details alone make you want to keep reading. Throughout the book, you wonder how Stephen dies, if he died, and if he is really a ghost or is Mary Shelley a bit crazy. Plus, the heartache and pain the characters feel because the war and epidemic are very believable. I can’t wait to read Cat Winters’s next book: The Cure for Dreaming.
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 387 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Supernatural, Suspense, Historical
Source: Purchased from Amazon.com
–Summary and image from goodreads.com