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The Sisters of Blue Mountain

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  356 ratings  ·  90 reviews
A sisters’ secret.
A mysterious phenomenon.
A murder that ties it all together.

An emotional, suspenseful novel about the bond between sisters and the secrets we hold to keep our family safe, The Sisters of Blue Mountain is a thrilling mystery that hurtles towards an unexpected ending that will leave readers speechless.

The small town of Mountain Springs, Pennsylvania thrives
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Judy D Collins
Talented Karen Katchur returns following (2015) The Secrets of Lake Road with another emotional mystery domestic suspense, THE SISTERS OF BLUE MOUNTAIN — two timelines connect for a riveting page-turner of the strong bonds of family.

Set in a fictional tourist town of Mountain Springs, PA, two young sisters Linnet and Myrna grew up in a home with a professor for a dad and a mother who suffers from extreme depression. When the girls were young, the father decided they would turn the large home
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Linnet grew up in the small town of Mountain Springs, Pennsylvania where she now lives with her husband and continues to run the family bed and breakfast. Linnet's father was always known as the bird man around town since he spent his life studying birds as a ornithology professor. Now retired and starting to suffer from dementia Linnet's father still lives in the guest house with Linnet caring for him.

One day they awaken to find that hundreds of geese have fallen from the sky and the town turn
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The beautiful cover and the intriguing blurb made me curious about the book. I love reading books about estranged sisters, secrets in the past and I especially I love books set in small towns. The title The Sisters of Blue Mountain also intrigue me very much.

I took me, to be honest, quite some time to get into the book. It just didn't feel that intriguing as I had hoped it to be and first did I have a hard time connecting with the characters. However, I did not give up and I'm glad to say t
Apr 22, 2017 rated it liked it
A longer review is available on my blog:

This really didn't read like a mystery for me. I would categorize it more as women's fiction than a true mystery. There are some questions that are raised in the book but it moved so slowly that it felt more like women's fiction or literary fiction. There were also not too many shockers in the book, either. The reader is kind of led to the answer to what the secret that Linnet and Myna have kept from the very beginni
Bonnye Reed
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
GNAB I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Karen Katchur, and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all, for sharing your work with me.

This is a very interesting novel, a fast read with subplots that include elder care and dementia, the world of Canadian Snow Geese, life in Pennsylvania's Pocono mountains, and the tendency of oldest sisters to micromanage everything, especially younger sisters. I am the oldest sister of four.... I understand th
Cindy Roesel
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Spring came early the year the birds fell from the sky.”
That’s the opening line of Karen Katchur’s new novel, THE SISTERS of BLUE MOUNTAIN (ThomasDunne/St.MartinsPress). Suddenly, hundreds of snow geese migrating from Pennsylvania to Canada, are dropping dead all over the property of Linnet Jenkins’ Bed and Breakfast and washing up on the dam. This is at the height of the season when tourists come to stay at the B&B, specifically see the birds, tens of thousands of them fly overhead, creating a
Maureen DeLuca
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Maybe 2.5- I thought this book was so S-L-O-W moving and very predictable...... others seemed to really have liked it with all the 4 and 5 star reads..... oh well.....
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
This is a quick and enjoyable read, just what I was looking for and why I like to mix some women’s fiction into my mystery/thrillers reads. Kutcher pulls the reader in from the first moment a snow goose falls from the sky and lands in the dam near Linnet’s B&B. With the spring migration come tourists to this sleepy mountain town. A dam filled with dead snow geese will have a huge economic impact on the community. Answers are needed and the town turns to Linnet’s father, retired ornithologist Hen ...more
Sheyla ✎
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
I was excited to start this book. It had a nice cover and a good blurb. However, I thought it was too slow and predictable. The ending left me with a feeling of incompleteness.

The book narrates the story of two close siblings who were each other's best friend until an event separated them for decades.

Linnet is the one that stayed home. She's in charge of the family's B&B. She took it over after her mother's passing. Linnet also takes care of her dad who's suffering from dementia. Linnet is mar
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Suspense that squeezes the heart!
Karen Katchur's second novel is superb! Excellent writing that kept me on the edge of the cliff throughout the story of tragedy and secrets. The secrets that separates Linnet and Myna are heart wrenching but were made while young in attempt to keep their family together as they watched their mother's decline into the dark reaches of depression.
Suze Lavender
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Linnet and Myna haven’t seen each other in years. The sisters were really close when they were children, but something in their past changed their relationship and now they hardly speak. Linnet is still living in their hometown Mountain Springs, where she’s running a bed and breakfast. She's crazy about her husband and son and is looking after Pop, her increasingly forgetful father. Myna has left and never wants to live in the small town again. She hasn’t visited in years, but an incident makes ...more
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hundreds of geese falling dead from the sky, a mysterious death of a professor, and fish discovered floating dead in the waters of a dam, all of these strange occurrences take place in the small town of Mountain Springs, Pennsylvania by a popular family-owned B&B called the Snow Goose. Linnet, now the owner of the Snow Goose, and her younger, estranged sister Myna, are reunited due to these surprising happenings. The sisters, having once been very close, share a secret from their past that they ...more
Carol Boyer
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Having read The Secrets of Lake Road by Karen Kutchur, I was thrilled to receive an ARC of this book and knew I was going to love it and I did! Karen has a unique way of pulling you right into her characters and feeling all the emotions they do, just as if you were right there with them. Her beautiful descriptions made me hold my breath many times, especially when they were of the snow geese, my heart soared with joy and sadness as they brought a mystery to be solved. The two sisters, Linnet and ...more
Kate Moretti
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Katchur excels at making setting a character and the B&B and the town of Mountain Springs was both creepy and insular. The relationship between the sisters is what really drives this character-driven mystery: what happened in their past to split them apart? There is a current and a past mystery and they're woven together seamlessly. ...more
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Linnet and Myna are two sisters who have grown apart over the years. They used to be best friends--they were like birds of a feather. But something happened to change that. They have a family secret that keeps them apart. Neither wants to talk about it.

Myna left Mountain Springs to go off to college and never came back. She's never spent much time in one place, but she's been living in Florida for three years now.

Linnet runs the family business, The Snow Goose Bed and Breakfast in Mounta
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
THE SISTERS OF BLUE MOUNTAIN by Karen Katchur is a deeply emotional tale with elements of suspense and mystery sprinkled throughout, that will keep you hooked to the very end. Linnet and Myna used to be close but when family secrets were forged, they became more distant. Now as adults, Myna lives wherever the breeze takes her, while Linnet runs the family B&B business while looking after her ageing father, a retired Professor who was always known locally as the Bird Man. When the graceful snow g ...more
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, own
When hundreds of snow geese fall dead from the sky, the community of Mountain Springs is concerned with how it will affect their tourism. Linnet is the daughter of a local ornithologist and owner of a B&B when the catastrophe strikes. Her estranged sister Myna returns home amidst a flurry of reporters speculating about the dead birds and protesters warning of the apocalypse. One journalist arrives in Mountain Springs on assignment, but Jake also seeking answers regarding his father’s death. Litt ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book through the GoodReads FirstReads program.

"The Sisters of Blue Mountain" centers on an incident in which the snow geese in a tourist town suddenly start dropping dead for no clear reason, in masses. Linnet, who runs a B&B that relies on these snow geese as a draw for customers, has to contend with what this means for her family and her business, as well as what it means for her father, who had been a leading researcher on the birds in the area but in his old ag
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was just what I needed yesterday -- an easy, fast-paced, escape from the doldrums. The story line was detailed and fairly complex, but I could not give it more than 2 stars because the characters were wooden and the grammar errors were unacceptable and distracting: sentence fragments and misuse of commas, and also incorrect usage of "longtime"... when what the context intended was "long time." If the author can't catch these things, where are the editors and proofreaders??? ...more
Sherri Thacker
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was just ok for me but it did keep my interest. I was able to predict who "dunnit" before the end. ...more
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Sisters of Blue Mountain was the first book I have read from Karen Katchur. It is a well done mystery that keeps you wondering what’s going to happen up to the end. The whole time I wondered what happened to the geese and will the B&B be ok after this whole situation is over or will their guests never want to return? You can see how the whole town changed due to the situation with the geese. I felt for Linnet and he
Heather Donovan
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
This story held promise - a mystery that brings a woman, estranged from her family, home and the sisters will have to confront each other, their hidden past, and a side of Mountain Springs not seen before.

Unfortunately, the book did not deliver.

The story moved back and forth in time, trying to give readers a taste of what life was like for Myna and Linett when they were younger, but without a clear delineation - or break in the text - I found myself confused and lost when the story suddenly jump
Kathleen Basi
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The two sisters in Karen Katchur's new book are worlds apart, but still deeply connected to their childhood home, a bed and breakfast that depends on snow goose migration. Linnett still lives in the B&B, taking care of their father, an ornithologist whose dementia is progressing. Myna flew the coop years ago and hardly ever comes back--though it's not until much later that Katchur lets us in on why. When wildlife starts dying in droves, Myna, the end-times protesters and the journalists descend, ...more
Boundless Book Reviews
Birds fall from the sky and the small town of Mountain Springs is left in confusion. Linnet, the owner of The Snow Goose B&B, is shocked when first the birds fall and then later a professor is found dead on her property. Dealing with her family, canceling B&B guests, an ailing father, and the return of her distant sister, Linnet is in a very stressed state. As secrets unravel the town and the sisters may never be the same. 

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an ho
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 3-stars
I'm well aware it's an ARC but the flashbacks are difficult to keep up with and make the story quite confusing.

Please edit the chapters properly. Past and present are way too confusing the way they are written at the moment. And sometimes, two different scenes are written without any space between them, if you are tired, you can't keep up. It's just too messy. And I still don't understand the last sentence, no matter how many times I read it...

I don't like Linnet. She's too hard to be lovable a
Nicole Overmoyer
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I expected this book to be more… intense. It kind of fizzled thanks to the bulk of the motivating factors (i.e. random dead animals) being unrelated to the actual plot of the story. The plot itself was relatable, in that I have a sister and we don’t always communicate well but we love each other more deeply than can be defined with words, but these sisters had questionable morals and ethics and a shared secret that threatens to pull them apart.

I received a copy of The Sisters of Blue Mountain th
Janka H.
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You protect those who belong to you, whom you love. But sometimes you pay the price.

The natural phenomena of dead geese falling out of the sky starts the process of two sisters returning to each other's side - solid B&B owner Linnet with a loving family, who takes care of their beloved Pop with his onset of dementia; and younger carefree Myna, uncapable of committing to a guy. They once were like twins, dealing with the unspoken burdens of their mother falling down into depression and their prof
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, first-reads
Disclaimer: I received this for free through a Goodreads' giveaway.


What I liked: Good pace, interesting overall premise, and enough development to keep me entertained.

What I disliked: Story line that isn't completely fleshed out, unlikable characters, and a disappointing ending.

This novel centers around two estranged sisters, Myna and Linnet, and disruptions to their lives because of their father's failing health and strange occurrences in their hometown. During the week Myna is home visit
Lael Braday
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Snow geese are falling dead into the lake by Linnet's B'n'B instead of resting there on this migration stopover. Linnet's father, the town's "crazy bird man," an ornithologist and retired professor, solves the mystery in his lucid moments. Myna, Linnet's little sister, returns home to find that a reporter is seeking more than a story about the birds. He's digging into a mystery personal to him that will uncover the sister's ugly secret. In the midst of this, the young professor sent to investiga ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Spring came early the year the birds fell from the sky."

I raced right through this fast paced murder mystery. Linnet runs The Snow Goose, a bed and breakfast in the small town of Mountain Springs, Pennsylvania, where tourists come from all over to witness the giant snow goose migration each year. Upon waking one day Linnet watches as a snow goose drops dead straight out of the sky. Shortly after she goes looking for her father, a retired ornithologist whose suffering from the beginning of deme
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Karen Katchur is an award-winning suspense novelist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a master's degree in Education. She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. ...more

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