Author: Karen Katchur
Published: April 4, 2017
321 pages in Hardback
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: November 5-16, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Book Description from Amazon:
A sisters’ secret.
A mysterious phenomenon.
A murder that ties it all together.
An emotional, suspenseful novel about the bond between sisters and the secrets we hold to keep our family safe, The Sisters of Blue Mountain by Karen Katchur is a thrilling mystery that hurtles towards an unexpected ending that will leave readers speechless.
The small town of Mountain Springs, Pennsylvania thrives on the snow geese migration. Each year, the birds flock to the dam, and the tourists follow, filling up Linnet’s Bed and Breakfast.
But one morning Linnet wakes up to discover hundreds of dead geese by the B&B and her life is thrown into the media frenzy when her father—a former ornithology professor—is asked to study the case. As the tourists cancel their plans and Linnet’s father’s health grows increasingly worse, the last thing she expects is to see her estranged sister, Myna, on her doorstep.
Myna has never stayed in one place for long after running from Mountain Springs. Although she and Linnet were close growing up, a family secret broke their bond, and Myna’s return has brought back memories both sisters have tried to keep buried.
When a reporter arrives in town who may have a connection to the sisters’ past, Linnet and Myna are forced to confront the event that tore them apart. But when a young professor who was assisting their father on the case turns up dead—and their father becomes the primary suspect—Linnet and Myna realize that their secret won’t stay hidden for long…
The Sisters of Blue Mountain was the first book I have read from Karen Katchur. It is a well done mystery that keeps you wondering what’s going to happen up to the end. The whole time I wondered what happened to the geese and will the B&B be ok after this whole situation is over or will their guests never want to return? You can see how the whole town changed due to the situation with the geese. I felt for Linnet and her family as I became fully involved in her life and I connected with these characters.
There are multiple mysteries and those are what keep you going. Katchur is a very good story teller. You wonder what happened in the past to make these characters be estranged and then you find out! The Sisters of Blue Mountain helps you to see how small our world really is by how connected we are all to each other. Katchur makes you think about relationships and family as dysfunctional as they can be. You really see how a small town is with this novel.
The Sisters of Blue Mountain is recommended.
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending me an ARC print copy. I wish I had been able to get to it before now.