It's 1925 and Alice Lind would love to go to grad school to study psychology. Unfortunately, the path for women scholars isn't an easy one and so she's taken a job with the Department of Education, traveling to various schools in order to test the students and ensure they're getting the educational resources they need. It means a lot of time on the road, but it also means valuable experience she might one day be able to use as ammunition in applying to get her PhD.
Alice doesn't flinch from difficult cases. In fact, she prides herself on finding the psychological roots to some of the most problematic children's issues. But the tiny town of Gordon Bay offers a real challenge: a seven-year-old girl who claims to remember her past life. The girl's stories are incredibly detailed and come paired with an aptitude for mathematics that Alice believes is genius level. But is the girl really remembering a past life or is someone feeding her stories for attention?
I love Cat Winters. Her combination of eerie supernatural elements and historical fiction make for the kind of books I want to devour in one sitting! And of course then I immediately regret not having more.
Alice is a fabulously enjoyable character. She's a psychologist in 1925! She's got some paranoia issues and a past that she's desperate to keep hidden, all the while trying desperately to understand it. But she's no shrinking violet. She's not afraid to go after what she wants.
Again, Gordon Bay proves to be a challenge for her. Alice doesn't believe in the supernatural one bit. But this case forces her to widen her scope and consider the fact that maybe the girl is telling the truth. But in order to find out as much as she can, she has to find a balance between a father who seems willing to do anything to help his child and a mother who is afraid of losing the girl to an institution.
And the girl's story is a mystery as well. If it's to be believed, a nineteen-year-old was murdered in the tiny town of Friendly, Kansas! In spite of the fact her investigating possible reincarnation could seriously damage her credibility as a psychologist, Alice feels an obligation to help the girl.
Like I said, I love Cat Winters's work and Yesternight proved to be an excellent addition to my growing collection of her titles.
Yesternight is the perfect blend of creepy atmosphere and gothic elements. And the historical aspects are, as always, utterly fabulous!
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