From the award-winning author of In the Shadow of Blackbirds comes a stunning new novel—a masterfully crafted story of love, loss, and second chances. Set during the fear and panic of the Great Influenza of 1918, The Uninvited is part gothic ghost-story, part psychological thriller, perfect for those who loved The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield or The Vanishing by We...more
Mama paled. "Are you saying that you and Peter killed a man tonight?"
"No." Father shook his head. "That wasn't a man. He was a German."
Yet another instance where I pick up a Cat Winters novel and the real world just melts away.
Firstly, you should know that this isn't supposed to be a YA book, unlike Winters' other marvelous works - In the Shadow of Blackbirds and The Cure for Dreaming - but I do think that all her books have a lot of crossover appeal. The romance is more mature, more sexual, a ...more
Winters captures a dark time in American history and humanizes every character. This book is colored in shades of grey and shadowed in darker tones of charcoal and onyx. Not a light read, but one I cannot recommend enough for anyone looking to take a brief break from their usual, favorite genres and read something as unique as it is compelling.
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Narrator did a wonderful job bringing the characters and atmosphere to life. As well as Daniel's accent:) I was impressed with the way she did all the male voices really.
Still highly recommend!
Gorgeous, haunting, beautiful.. I could go on;-)
Sucked in from the first page, we meet Ivy Rowan as she is recovering form the flu epidemic of 1918.. rising out of her sickbed to some troubling n ...more
1918, the last year of the first world war and the first of the Influenza/Spanish flu pandemic that infected hundreds of millions and killed millions. It was a killer of a year and this is when The Uninvited happens.
Music teacher Ivy Rowan sees dead people,The Uninvited as she calls them. Seeing The Uninvited heralds the death of someone significant to Ivy's life. After being struck down by the flu for days, Ivy wakes up to a commotion in their home, her father and y ...more
It’s 1918. World War I is on the brink of finishing, but that doesn’t mean the situation is good or desirable at all. There is an atmosphere filled with hatred towards the Germans in the U.S., and there is the influenza to deal with too, so you see, there’s nothing desirable about it.
The women in Ivy Rowan’s family have the “ability” of seeing ghosts of dead people. The last ghost she saw was like a premonition of her brother’s death – she saw the ghost and not long after, she was noticed her b ...more
The head makes war, but the heart makes peace and, thankfully, the heart ends up ruling more than not.
This tale is utterly haunting - not in the way I expected when deciding to read this book, but still in a great way. I thought this would be a creepy ghost story before the backdrop of WWI.
Instead I got a story about a small town in Illinois during WWI that was struck by Influenza and the monstrosities humans do to one another. Creepy in its own way.
It wasn't until the 85% mark that the su ...more
After two literary successes for young adults, the amazing Cat Winters is back with The Uninvited, a breathtaking story about a 25-year-old girl fighting the heavy burden of her family’s sins. Winters takes us back to final days of World War I, right in the middle of the 1918 flu pandemic, and although it’s not her first foray into that very same time period, The Uninvited stands on its own two feet, beautiful and incomparable with anything she’s done before.
The psychology of war is a ...more
In the midst of the final days of World War I, there is no peaceful end in sight in the town of Buchanan, Illinois. The hatred towards Germans continues to grow and the recent outbreak of Spanish influenza has many blaming the Germans for r ...more
It is 1918, in Buchanan, Illinois.
The world is ravaged by a pandemic of the Spanish Influenza, which seems to be claiming those in the pink of their health: young men, women and children. The stench of death is thick in the air. Hospitals are crowded and overflowing with bleeding, puking, dying patients. Town halls and homes are being converted into refuges for the sick.
There’s also the war. Young men are forced to enlist in the army as soon as they turn eighteen. The American government, heade ...more
The Uninvited is set in America during World War I when the infamous 1918 influenza pandemic hit the country. Its an era of jazz, fear, death, romance and xenophobia.
Mama paled. “Are you saying that you and Peter killed a man tonight?”
“No.” Father shook his head.
“That wasn’t a man. He was a German.”
Ivy is an all-American girl in her mid-twenties (considered too old for a girl to be unmarried during that time) who ha ...more
It's been a long time since a historical fiction book (or any book) caused me the feelings "The Uninvited" made me feel. With a beautiful history of World War I seen from the American side, Cat Winters created one of the best books I ever read. American nationalism, an epidemic of deadly flu and a "paranormal" touch make this story set during the year of 1918 a book worth reading.
I loved every single second of this book. It ...more
The Uninvited is a book that took me completely by surprise. The cover and blurb made it out to be a much darker story than it was and I was in the beginning disappointe ...more
It is for all these reasons that I didn't hesitate to pick up The Uninvited.
I needed that small taste of the other she is so gifted at creating. I needed the beautiful world I knew she could paint and more than that, I needed something unique, original, and enchanting.
Winter's has an amazing ability to blend hist ...more
This book had an amazing setting; America, 1918-racism, illness, jazz music. It's a time when young men are being sent to their deaths in war and everyone is also fighting against ...more
“The head makes war, but the heart makes peace. And, thankfully, the heart ends up ruling more than not.”
I've never encounter a character carrying such burden, guilt, the need to protect others as she sacrifices her wants. A young woman paying for her father's sins, hellbent on mending the rents of others wrongs. Ivy's shoulders are heavy as she carries the weight of the world. I liked Ivy and I felt a tremendus amount of empathy for her family situation and the predicament along with the ro ...more
**I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher William Morrow via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review**
I don't normally peak ahead to any of the reviews as I like to enter in to a read with a completely open mind, however in the case of this book I did take a look once I completed it. I found this story to be a little bit all over the place and I needed to know what others thought. It seems for the most part that ...more
So, as you may know (or maybe you don't, I don't know what you know), I adored Cat Winters' The Cure For Dreaming. Like, all time favorite-status adored. Obviously, when this book popped up on Edelweiss, I knew it needed to be consumed by me as soon as possible. Good news- It did not disappoint! And now, we shall talk about all the reasons why:
Cat Winters is an absolute master of historical fiction.
How can someone who was very obviously ...more
It's 1918 in America, and Ivy Rowan is suffering from a bout of the influenza epidemic that has swept the country. On top of that, she is dealing with the horrifying fact that her brother and father have just killed a man. She can also see harbringer ghosts when someone is about to die. I can only imagine how stressful that would be.
Mama paled. "Are you saying that you and Peter killed a man tonight?"
"No." Father shook his head ...more
I am so not with the crowd on this one!
There are some very good descriptions and it's an interesting period in history. In fact, it was an amazing period of history. Paranoia over Germans and foreigners during WWI, while the real killer, Spanish Flu, rips its way through the young and healthy population of a small American town. That should have been brilliant!
The narrative, however, is weak, the "romance" pathetic (a ...more
Cat Winters has been on my favorite list ever since I read In the shadow of blackbirds. She followed up with the fantastic The cure for dreaming and she has settled her place with The uninvited. Every single one of her books have been successful and I absolutely adore her writing and the strong h ...more
“I admit, I had seen a ghost or two.”
Ivy has the uncanny ability to see ghosts.
The women in her family have always been this way. Just before someone is about to die, Ivy will see the ghost of a loved one. A warning or a curse though it may be, Ivy has grown used to her strange gift.
In 1918, war is plaguing every street and the Spanish influenza is raging in town. From house to house, people are dropping like flies. Death hangs heavy in the air.
Ivy has recently recovered from the sickness hers ...more
Feelings/ Emotions : Surprised, intrigued, moved.
Recommended if you like: Historical fiction, romance, paranormal stories, character driven stories.
Would I read something else from this author?: Maybe.
2018’s Around the year in 52 books: #20, A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends.
The uninvited is a history set in the USA in 1918, in the middle of the Spanish flu pandemic, one of the deadliest in human history. We follow Ivy, she and all the women in he ...more
The Uninvited takes place during World War I and the Spanish Influenza, the same as In the Shadow of Blackbirds, but in a different part of the country. Through this novel we got to see how the Spanish influenza increased tensions between Germans who had immigrated to the United States before, and during, the war and ...more
Cat Winters will never fail to amaze me with how beautifully she melds historical elements into her stories. As with In the Shadow of Blackbirds Winters ventures back into 1918 and the horrible flu outbreak with her newest novel, The Uninvited. This time she also adds in the panic surrounding World War I and the push to show patriotism and to fear/hate anyone with ties to Germany. Winters was able to create such vivid s ...more