Seattle, 2010. Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge, assigned to cover the May 1 “blackberry winter” storm and its twin, learns of the unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth. In the process, she finds that she and Vera may be linked in unexpected ways…“
As the story progressed, I was struck by a few things:
I’m sorry that I wasn’t more affected by this novel, but that’s not to say it’s bad. The writing is solid, the concept is intriguing, and even though I’ve never even heard the phrase “blackberry winter” (despite getting snow the other week), I appreciate the nod to Seattle’s shady past. And the past in general, as there are always unspoken stories in a place that’s been around for over 100 years.
I recommend this book for those looking for a relatively quick, light read; those who enjoy novels about loss and coping; those who like novels that bridge contemporary and historical settings; mothers who have lost a child and seek to live that through fiction; fans of chick-lit.
(Special thanks to Aubrey for gifting me this book in the Books ‘n’ Bloggers swap back in January!)