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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  1,974 ratings  ·  374 reviews
From the author of The Uninvited comes a haunting historical novel with a compelling mystery at its core.

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
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Deanna Madden It's a historical novel because it's set in the past (1925 and 1930). It touches on prohibition and the beginning of the Great Depression. As for the …moreIt's a historical novel because it's set in the past (1925 and 1930). It touches on prohibition and the beginning of the Great Depression. As for the truth of the events, Cat Winters explains in the back of the book (at least true for the paperback edition), that she researched cases of reincarnation, early obstacles faced by women entering the field of psychology, and based the haunted house on famous houses in the Midwest where murders took place. She even includes suggestions of where to look for more information.(less)

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Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as haunting and eerie as the others... yet, despite enjoying myself, not my favorite of her novels.

As usual, Miss Winter's writing paints a vivid picture of the setting of the story... so rich and electric, you can practically taste and see everything surrounding the people, and yourself in a way. It draws you in, sitting patiently with you as you devour and savor each page.

The reincarnation aspect hooked me instantly, it's a concept that has always fascinated me and had me wondering what m
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Simpkin drew another long puff and blew smoke out of the right side of her mouth. “Do you believe in past lives, Miss Lind?”

4 1/2 stars. Goodness, I just love Cat Winters. Historical fiction set in Oregon (my hometown), mysteries, and elements of the paranormal? It's like she custom wrote a book just for me.

Each of her books so far have been right up my alley and Yesternight was no exception. If anything, with each new book she releases, her writing only gets better and better. And it's
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book. Cat Winters is becoming a solidly dependable author for me. She's 2/2 in my book enjoyment so far. I love how she sets her books during the post war timeframe and tackles issues such as PTSD, soldiers attempting to integrate back to civilian life, feminism, spiritualism, prewar vs postwar views on the roles of women, and elements of the paranormal. Though in this book, she discusses reincarnation. Absolutely fascinating. I also love how she will keep you guessing on t ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
That ending! *shudders* Review to come closer to release date.

Edited to add review:

Cat Winter's has quickly become one of my favorite authors when I want a good well written historical read with the touch of something other.

Yesternight does not disappoint.

Alice is the type of girl Winters has become known for, tough, brave, and not at all conventional for the time period she lives in, but Alice also has a dark side, one she tries to keep hidden from all those around her, even her family.

I don'
Very similar to Sharon Guskin's The Forgetting Time...or maybe The Forgetting Time is very similar to this one. I don't know which one was written first. I may take a few minutes later on to research it a bit more. Regardless, Yesternight was an engaging, mysterious, and thrilling story about the idea of reincarnation. Unfortunately, because of my exposure to The Forgetting Time, Yesternight was nothing I haven't read before but I very much enjoyed the mystery element and especially the twists a ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
After reading The Uninvited a while back, was I eager to read more from Cat Winters and getting a chance to read Yesternight her new novel made me very happy. So, happy that I moved it up quickly in my TBR mountain. The idea of the book sounded fantastic, with a young woman, Alice Lind, arriving on a little coastal hamlet to test children's IQ. And, there she finds a mystery, a child that may be a reincarnation of a woman that died some years before. But, could this really be the truth? And, why ...more
rachel ☾
If anyone doubts me when I say that a dodgy ending can ruin an otherwise good book, I’ll give them this book and let it proves its point. I have no idea how to convey the extent to which I am crushed by this book’s ending. It started so well! From the very first page, I was drawn in by the writing style. The deliciously gloomy atmosphere was so palpable you could feel the stormy weather seeping off the pages. It gave me the chills! Normally, I would mock a movie that relied on conveniently timed ...more
Apr 13, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hoopla
Perfect book for a rainy spring day. Engaging paranormal story about a young girl who has memories of drowning and can do strange things for a seven year old child.
Is it her imagination or could she have had another life in another time?
Haunting story.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I have enjoyed some books by this author in the past but I don't think I will read any more books by her. I've enjoyed her historical books that a slightly eerie and atmospheric vibe on the border of fantasy, and this book seemed like it would be off to a good start. It was so atmospheric and interesting, and seemed like it would delve into some commentary about mental health in the 1920s with a feminist vibe. I will say that compared to her other books, the historical setting was sloppier. The ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost didn’t read this book. I’ve read all of Cat Winters’s novels and enjoyed them all for the most part. Her other books hover around a 3.8 rating average, but this one remained at a steady 3.5, which indicated to me that this likely wouldn’t be her strongest work.

Oddly enough, this is my favorite of her novels by far.

Alice Lind is a trained psychologist attempting break into her male dominated field in the 1920s. She has been traveling to different Oregon towns, administering IQ tests, w
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a fast read, all the plot happens very quick and suddenly. That's not a bad thing but the progression feels rushed at some points of the story . This felt like a b rated horror story, and I don't even know wether this was a horror book, it felt more like a suspense movie ...but i digress... the story is about reincarnation and how much the main character is willing to risk (her career, her reputation, her sanity) to allow herself to see beyond her training as a psychologist when co ...more
*I received an e-arc copy through Edelweiss from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.


I'd been wanting to read more Cat Winters since I tried, and really enjoyed, The Cure for Dreaming. I have In The Shadow of Blackbirds on my shelf (table actually, for my parents' joy #runoutofspace) but then I was approved for an arc of Yesternight, and decided to try it before that one. Well, first because it appealed to me more, and also because...Yesternight is adult fiction, and I wanted to f
Jun 02, 2017 marked it as dnf
DNF @ 10%

I’d say that I simply picked this up at the wrong time, mood-wise, except I tried to read this book a handful of times on different occasions and never got past 10%. The pacing was the hardest for me because from the very beginning it’s a slow-build and simply didn’t grab my attention in that 10% enough that I felt the need to keep going. The main character, Alice, was also strangely distant and she never quite captured my interest. Cat Winters is typically a favorite of mine but this o
Colleen Turner
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As soon as I read the synopsis of this book I knew I had to read it! My undergrad degree is in psychology and I've always found the subject matter fascinating. I've also always found the paranormal interesting, so the combination of the very grounded and measurable study of psychology and this wild and unpredictable investigation of reincarnation was too delicious to pass up. It seemed to promise to be dark and eerie and thought-provoki
Lauren Stoolfire
Cat Winters has quickly become one of my favorite historical fantasy authors for both YA and adult audiences. Her writing is always outstanding, and the historical detail, and atmosphere are always incredibly compelling. It's no different with Yesternight which hooked me right from the beginning. My only complaint is that as much as I enjoyed spending time with the characters and unraveling the mystery at the heart of the story, I wish it were just a little bit shorter. I can't wait to read The ...more
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars: A book that is interesting, entertaining and filled with suspense, but it fell off the tracks with the final third and the ending.

Alice steps off the train in Gordon Bay, Oregon, to a horrendous rain storm. In an instant, she is soaked and hatless. Thankfully, Michael O' Daire is there to pick her up. During the drive, Michael reveals he has an ulterior motive for retrieving Alice. He has a daughter, Janie, whom he thinks Alice can help. Alice is a trained psychologist,
Carina Olsen
I have wanted to read this book for so long. Because I adore Cat Winters. And I have read and loved all her four books so far. And so I was so excited about this one. Because it looks gorgeous. And sounds so interesting. I have had the eARC for two months, ack, because I have been a bit nervous about starting this one.

But now I have finally gotten to read it. And oh. I just feel so, so heartbroken. Because I didn't like it much at all. Which makes me so sad. Because I adore Cat. And I really wan
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
The items that drew me towards this book were two-fold. First off, I have a deep fascination with stories that center around children who glimpse things that adults don't. The possibilty that there are things I'm not privy to, hidden in the world I walk through every day, is intriguing. Cat Winters also wrapped the concept of reincarnation into this story, which fully sealed my need to read it. I sincerely hoped for something with gothic tones, and a deep simmering sense of tension.

Which is actu
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yesternight by Cat Winters

What's It About?
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 mys
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
3.5 stars. Haunting, it got quite interesting, and had a hint of dark and twisted by the end.

The plot takes place in 1925. A child psychologist, who we learn has a troubled past of her own, enters a small weather beleaguered town to do intelligence testing. There she meets Janie O'Daire and the O'Daire family, who are dealing with a child who is haunted by current memories and nightmares of a past life. The story unravels and develops from there, and we meet Janie's entire family, and grow to l
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was going through a horrible rating slumps where I was continuously reading books I wasn't a fan of or simply couldn't get through. Something about Yesternight just called to me, and I knew Winters would totally deliver me a fascinating, creepy book that would break a slump - and goodness did she ever. Thank you, book gods, for hearing my pleas!

Winters is simply a master with suspense, setting, and atmosphere. This book was deliciously creepy. This is the ultimate book to curl up on a rainy ni
Chantelle Larson
This book was entertaining but the ending was disappointing. Not only was it incredibly creepy but it really made the whole thing feel like a giant waste of my time. The ending alone docked 1.5 stars off of my star rating for this piece. Its like the author couldn't figure out how she wanted it to end so she threw together a rancid and poorly executed opening for a second book of which I wouldn't ever read. The ending she did come up with was much too blunt and mashed together, like she just wan ...more
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, edelweiss
Alice Lind,
Alice Lind,
Took a stick and beat her friend.
Should she die?
Should she live?
How many beatings did she give?
As expected Yesternight is another marvelous read from Cat Winters.
Having loved her first adult novel - and her YA's - I had high hopes for this and it did not disappoint.
The writing was phenomenal and the overall story was eerie and atmospheric. I had an incredibly hard time putting it down.

Alice Lind is a child psychologist who travels from town to town administering IQ tes
I would like to thank Edelweiss, William Morrow, and Cat Winters for the advanced digital copy in exchange for an honest review. It's 1925 and Alice Lind, a trained psychologist, travels from town to town administering IQ tests but when she meets a 7 year old math genius who questions life, death and believes in reincarnation, her own path begins to change. This story had great potential but the ending fell short for me. Although I enjoy similar stories by Kay Hooper and Heather Graham, this one ...more
Sep 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm a bit disappointed with the ending of this book. I've loved the previous titles I've read by Cat Winters. This one, however, was lacking. It still featured a strong female character, with many strong supporting characters. BUT. The ending seemed forced, rushed, and sloppy. ...more
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.

Yesternight starts off when Alice Lind arrives at a small coastal town in Oregon to administer IQ tests to the students at the local sc
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

This was a very difficult rating for me because how could I ever rank Cat Winters below 4 stars? From the day I first read In the Shadow of Blackbirds, I knew that Cat Winters would be one of my favourite authors. From the eerie and creepy atmosphere she evokes, to her strong, unique and often stubborn female characters, there is literally nothing that this woman can write that I won't read.

That being said, Yesternight is by far my least favourite of Winters' novels. I don't know if
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Cat Winter has become one of my favorite writers. I love how effortlessly she combines historical fiction and paranormal in such an interesting way. Her stories just grab me, unable to let go, or to stop thinking about them, until I finished them in 3 days or less, leaving me satisfied, eager for more, and impressed by her talent and ability intertwining stories that simply with no further explanation needed, they just make sense, in the setting, universe she build just for her characters to liv ...more
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I was extremely happy to get Cat Winter's new novel from netgalley, I started reading her gothic/historical fiction a year or so ago and have enjoyed all of her novels so far.

I enjoyed the first 80 percent of the novel and it would have been a 4 or 4.5 read for me expect that I really disliked the ending and it was a bit too sexual for my tastes.

I really liked the scenes where Alice works with children and Winters did a great job explaining past lives and some of the psychologist terms. Plus, th
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Cat Winters is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author of five novels for teens: IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, THE CURE FOR DREAMING, THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY, ODD & TRUE, and THE RAVEN'S TALE. She has been named a Morris Award finalist, a Bram Stoker Award nominee, and an Oregon Spirit Book Award winner, and her young adult novels have appeared on Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist ...more

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