In the Shadow of Blackbirds

A Novel

Winters, Cat

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
In the Shadow of Blackbirds
In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns.

Published: New York : Amulet Books, 2013.
ISBN: 141970530X
Branch Call Number: YA WIN
Characteristics: 387 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jan 08, 2015
  • naw666 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book! I read it last year and it has stayed in my memory. Enjoyed reading about the great influenza of 1918 and also the description of gorgeous Coronado Island (which I plan to visit some day). And the dialogue made me feel as if I were living back in that era. Hope there's a sequel. :)

Apr 30, 2014
  • falconroom rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A ghost/love/mystery story that starts out quite slowly & a bit confusingly (who is this young woman with her goggles (steampunk?) and what is she doing with ghosts appearing in her photos and in her life? But about 1/3 way thru the love story & maddening ghost story grabs you; the rest of the novel I devoured. Good scary night reading!

Aug 15, 2013
  • ckaterun rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a fascinating work of historical fiction. It interweaves three strands--World War I, the Spanish Flu epidemic, and the spiritualist movement. Beyond that, it is gripping and a bit romantic. Great character development.

Jul 02, 2013

"It's 1918, and while millions of soldiers die in World War I and influenza ravages the American home front, many grieving people turn to séances and spiritualism for comfort. But scientific Mary Shelley Black is skeptical of such practices - until she's visited by the ghost of her true love Stephen, who was killed in the war…or so she believed. Could darker and more sinister forces have caused his death? If you like the atmospheric creepiness of Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, you'll love this eerie, spine-chilling blend of romance, ghost story and mystery." July 2013 Teen Scene newsletter


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