About The Book:
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?
What I Liked:
The ghostly vibes. Going into a CF book that hints a ghost haunts its pages? This is Christian, so I know there aren’t gonna be any ghosts other than The Holy Ghost (*laughs at own joke*) (sorry). HOWEVER, somehow this book was just so chillingly atmospheric, it really had me convinced that there was a ghost.
Wright’s gorgeous writing style is out of the park. It’s breathtaking in its way of making a beautiful, melancholic world rise from pages with only words.
The seamless blend of modern and old. The story switches from present day to 1908, and the mystery builds as you explore both periods with the characters. It gave the story an added layer of mystery, for sure.
There was anxiety representation. One of the female leads lives with an anxiety disorder, and while it was painful to see some of my own issues in another, I think this book will give others some empathy to those who struggle. Also enjoyed the encouragement and pointing to Christ it gave me. As someone who lives with extreme anxiety, it was thought provoking.
Also, lowkey enemies to lovers. This trope never gets old. And it became one of the cutest relationships. *throws hearts*
What I Didn’t Like:
The ending kind of disturbed me. Which I’m sure would please the author immensely, ha ha. There was a shock, so I suppose the book gets points for making me overlook something for the majority of the story. But yeah, I was unsettled when I closed it.👀
I give this book a rating of four, and recommend to those who love a good faith filled story mixed with chilling drama and secrets.
Book Review Ratings:
5. Great Book!
4. I Liked It!
2. Did Not Like It Very Much
1. Did Not Finish