First Impressions: Disappointing and kind of boring. Had it not been for the last 20% and that massive twist, I think my rating would have been lower.
Review: It’s 1918, and twenty-five year old Ivy is just recovering from the flu when she sees her Grandmothers ghost. These ghosts are harbingers of bad news – someone is going to die. She calls them the Uninvited. An hour later, her father and brother come home covered in blood after killing a young German after the death of her brother, Billy, in the war. She leaves home amid the chaos and discovers the flu has its hold on her little town in Illinois. With her new found freedom, Ivy discovers jazz, love and passion, but soon her uninvited guests start making regular appearances and Ivy knows disaster is about to follow.
I don’t read adult novels often, but as I am a fan of Cat Winters after absolutely devouring her In the Shadow of Blackbirds, I thought I’d give it a go. Overall, I’m more than slightly disappointed by Winters new novel, The Uninvited.
As a history nut, I undeniably loved the atmospheric setting of a country stricken by influenza, suffering through the effects of war, and the rise of jazz. Yet whilst I loved this, I felt that not much happened, despite moving at such quick pace, it all felt quite boring. I wasn’t particularly fond of any of the characters all that much, and on a whole, I felt let down by The Uninvited. What saved this book for me, and left no doubt in my mind that I’ll be reading more of Winters, is that twist that left me in awe.
Overall, a great atmospheric novel, but tame and quite boring at times.