Happy Release day to author Jaime Jo Wright!
This exhilarating split-time novel blew me away, I don’t even know where to begin!
Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908. When clues lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a post-mortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.
A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother–who is battling dementia–compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman who haunts the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns–and with it, Heidi’s fear for her own life.
As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, can they overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined?
Wow! I was hooked like a helpless fish from start to finish . I love how Jaime knows how to creep people out but this novel runs so much deeper. It wasn’t just about the spokes, and the ‘edge of the seat’ twists that had me guessing until the last page. This is a novel about soul-searching, finding identity, acceptance, and most importantly hope when life deals us harshly.
I found Thea’s story more suspenseful, I mean come on, a post-mortem photographer?! It has intense scenes with the sad darkness the history of asylums have. She is surrounded by superstitious, people claiming to see ghost, hearing voices, and skin crawling situations.
While Thea is on the outside looking into the world of mental illness, Heidi knows first hand how it feels to have anxiety attacks and to feel like an outsider. Heidi also took me through heart racing, nail biting moments but mostly her story struck a chord with me and I found myself wiping cleansing tears. Author Jaime captures the power words have to scar a person or lift one up.
The exciting way she weaves two extraordinary stories all the while extending hope is unbelievable! How can one possess so much talent? I can’t say enough about this incredible book! It’s thrilling, suspenseful, eerie, mysterious, and touching as it carries you to the gleam of hope the characters discover.