The Uninvited: A Novel by Cat WintersThe Uninvited: A Novel by Cat Winters

The Uninvited: A Novel

byCat Winters

Paperback | July 30, 2017

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From the award-winning author of In the Shadow of Blackbirds comes a stunning new novel—a masterfully crafted story of love, loss, and second chances. Set during the fear and panic of the Great Influenza of 1918, The Uninvited is part gothic ghost-story, part psychological thriller, perfect for those who loved The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield or The Vanishing by Wendy Webb.

Twenty-five year old Ivy Rowan rises from her bed after being struck by the flu, only to discover the world has been torn apart in just a few short days. 

But Ivy’s life-long gift—or curse—remains.  For she sees the uninvited ones—ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked, unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death. On that October evening in 1918 she sees the spirit of her grandmother, rocking in her mother’s chair. An hour later, she learns her younger brother and father have killed a young German out of retaliation for the death of Ivy’s older brother Billy in the Great War.

Horrified, she leaves home, to discover the flu has caused utter panic and the rules governing society have broken down. Ivy is drawn into this new world of jazz, passion, and freedom, where people live for the day, because they could be stricken by nightfall. But as her ‘uninvited guests’ begin to appear to her more often, she knows her life will be torn apart once more, but Ivy has no inkling of the other-worldly revelations about to unfold.

The Uninvited is an atmospheric, haunting, and utterly compelling novel. 

Cat Winters's debut novel,In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was released to widespread critical acclaim. The novel has been named a finalist for the 2014 Morris Award, aSchool Library JournalBest Book of 2013, and aBooklist2013 Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth. Winters lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two children.
Title:The Uninvited: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:July 30, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062347330

ISBN - 13:9780062347336

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good You would think this was a kind of typical historical romance fiction book but the entire ending tricks you and makes you reread the book again. I really liked Ivy and Daniel and their moments together despite them starting their relationship so suddenly. The ambulance scenes were kind of boring and I wished that there was more Daniel instead.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Creepy Would have been two stars, and then that twist had me rethinking everything. A very creepy, atmospheric read.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Amazing Novel by Cat Winters I would desperately love to give this 5 stars as I LOVE Cat Winters, but she lost me with a bit of a heavy-handed ending! What I loved: Reclusive main character Ivy Rowan often refers to the poetry of fellow recluse Emily Dickinson, and one almost feels like Ivy leaving the farm to have a full life, could have happened to Dickinson 60+ years earlier... I also love the WWI era and the resulting Roaring '2o's. As with [book:In the Shadow of Blackbirds|13112915], Winters brings to life the strained atmosphere in America towards the end of WWI. [Note: this is <i>NOT YA</i> unlike Blackbirds!] She is an amazingly vivid writer that can make the enticement of jazz almost palpable to the reader: <blockquote> "Cripes, just listen to that desperation mixed with a wild joie de vivre. That doesn't come out of nothing. They'll be able to hear that a massive eruption once rocked the world and scattered pain and passion in it's wake" (Ivy, p. 308).</blockquote> Where Winters lost me: Everything wraps up very tidily once the mystery is solved, despite the extremely messy, violent times. And one feels a bit brow-beaten with the message about the false American pride in "freedom" when anyone black, lower-class, or foreign (not only Germans) were persecuted if they had an accent or didn't support America enough in the war effort. I find WWI fascinating, and thanks to Winters alone I've already learned more than I ever knew, especially regarding the awful Spanish Influenza they also had to battle! Also love that she left a jazz playlist at the end; now I have a soundtrack to let my inner flapper loose with!!
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! I loved this book. It was excellent. It was well written on so many levels. It invites the reader to think and to question... and it is completely unpredictable, which I love! I would absolutely recommend this book.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Intriguing Gothic Ghost Story I'm a big fan of gothic and ghostly tales as long as they are written authentically and with believability. This story definitely met that criteria. It is set in an American town called Buchanan during World War II. Ivy Rowan lives a normal life in Buchana, but she has a dark secret. Whenever someone is about to die, the ghost of a loved one will appear. The Spaish Flu is ravaging the country, killing many of its victims, and Ivy is struck down. Somehow, she is one of the survivors. When she learns that her brother and father have murdered a German shop owner in town, she flees her family home and decides to live independently in Buchanan. Soon, she is drawn into the lives of several townsfolk. When she begins seeing ghosts, she knows doom is about to descend and she struggles to prevent the inevitable. This is a tale of transgression, guilt, forgiveness, prejudice, and love. The setting itself is full of conflict - World War II when neighbor is suspicious of neighbor, especially if they have any ties whatsoever with the nom-allied forces in Europe. Even humming a foreign tune can get folk arrested. Cat Winters has written antriguingly dark, haunting tale, that abounds with mystery and plumbs the depths of the human spirit to persevere in the face of death and danger. There are some surprises and twists along the way with a shocker towards the end. Although there are some mixed reviews on this novel, I for one loved its atmosphere, sense of mystery, and compelling heroine. Definitely one of my favourite gothic/ghost stories! Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-09-08

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“The Uninvited is an eerily haunting, beautifully tragic, dream-like page-turner fueled by passion, fear, and anger.”