- Virginia Johnson
Cat Winters’ In the Shadow of Blackbirds is a supernatural romance set in the real and not-too-distant past when people were dying by the millions from the flu epidemic. Everybody hopes to connect with their dead loved ones, and con artist “psychics” are lined up, ready to serve.
Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black didn’t believe in such nonsense. When a “spirit photographer” uses her image with that of ghost who seems to be kneeling at her feet, she is outraged—until the ghost of her dead sweetheart comes to visit her.
Stephen Embers died fighting in France. At least, that what his family said. But his spirit tells a different story in his nightly visits. He’s confused and thinks he’s being tortured right now. He’s still Stephen though, and he’s come to Mary because he believes she can help him.
Almost alone in an unfamiliar city surrounded by the dying, Mary Shelley is determined to find out what really happened to her beloved. Was he shot on the battlefield or did something much more sinister happen to him? Can she save him?
Cat Winters has created a haunting, engaging ghost story with a smart, off-beat heroine who will face down death itself to save the boy she loves. Highly-recommended for readers who like adventure, suspense, and being pulled relentlessly into the past.