Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Yesternight: The Book That Broke the Cycle
In walked Yesternight by Cat Winters. Most assuredly, it did bust my slump. Or at least I think so. I finished it, which is more than I can say for any book since August.
In 1925, Alice Lind--a professionally serious, liberated woman--works as a psychologist administering IQ tests in rural Oregon schools. When she steps off the train in Gordon Bay, her life takes a turn. She meets Janie O'Daire, a seven year old girl who insists she's lived a past life. Insofar as a seven year old can insist that. Her parents are concerned and her father brings Alice to town under the guise of testing everyone. As a woman in a man's field, investigating, attempting to confirm a reincarnation case, could seriously damage her credibility. What to do?
The story is compelling from the first, but the real winner here is the audiobook narrator, Xe Sands. Her voice performance is STUNNING. So much emotion, such a range of characters. Love, love, love.
The book left me spooked at times, always interested, and genuinely intrigued. Heather and I had to do some discussing of the ending. Good stuff!