From the publisher: After an epic snow storm ravages the city of Albany in 1879, former civil war surgeon Dr. Mary Sutter begins a search for two little girls, the daughters of close friends killed in the storm, who have vanished without a trace.
Best known for MY NAME IS MARY SUTTER and I ALWAYS LOVED YOU, Robin Oliveira brings us a stunning thriller filled with courtroom drama that is both heartbreaking and unputdownable!
The blizzard of 1879 was very real. It crept upon the area and devastated many families. No one was prepared. The only weather reporting then was after the fact. So when Claire and Emma’s parents got caught out in the horrific blizzard, they had no idea they would never make it home. And the girls, making their way through snow drifts several feet high after the storm, did not know that the nice man helping them was truly evil.
I love historical fiction. Novels that tell stories based on real events in history are right up my alley. This one does not disappoint.
Mary Sutter and her husband were Civil War surgeons who were great friends with the O’Donnell family who lost their lives. The two girls were known to them as part of their family. And, so, when the girls went missing, Mary and her husband went looking for them. And looking. And looking. All to no avail. And then the river broke free of its ice. And the manic flooding flushed out into a terrible truth. Someone had been hiding these sweet girls. But, who was it? That is the question.
A sensational very public trial ensues. Emma, who is just ten-years-old, has been raped and beaten repeatedly. Someone has to be brought to justice. But is it “The Other Man?” or “The Man?” Are they two different men? Or is it only one man?
Told in unsparing prose that probes the senses and breaks the heart, WINTER SISTERS is sure to be a big book for book clubs this season. There is a lot to talk about without even mentioning the backward politics of the era.
Mary’s mother and her niece Elizabeth return from Paris where Elizabeth has been studying violin with one of the great masters of the time. Elizabeth has another reason to wish to return home, one that is a secret. Her story is almost as compelling as the courtroom drama surrounding the kidnapping of the girls and rape of Emma.
This is an all-nigher. A gripping nail-biter. Even with a sinus headache, I found myself reading far into the night in order to quench my curiosity. It will make your heart pound.
My review copy was provided by Viking, a division of Penguin Random House , in exchange for an honest review. I loved it.