For Linnet, owner of a Bed and Breakfast in Mountain Springs, Pennsylvania, life has been a bit complicated lately. Hundreds of snow geese have died overnight in the dam near the B&B, sparking a media frenzy, threatening the tourist season, and bringing her estranged sister, Myna, to town. If that isn't enough, the women's father has been charged with investigating the incident. But when a younger expert is brought in to replace him on the case and then turns up dead on Linnet's B&B’s property, their father becomes the primary suspect. As the investigation unfolds, the sisters will have to confront each other, their hidden past, and a side of Mountain Springs not seen before.
Karen Katchur has written a thrilling novel of sisters and the secrets that bind them that is sure to appeal to readers of her acclaimed first novel, The Secrets of Lake Road.
My Review of The Sisters of Blue Mountain
The town of Mountain Springs is an idyllic little hamlet best known for the yearly migration of its beloved Snow Geese. Many guests arrive in the spring to stay at the Snow Goose, a local B&B, to watch for the birds’ seasonal movement north. But this year a strange phenomenon has happened leaving a large number of the geese dead, practically falling from the sky. Add a dam full of dead fish, reporters scrambling for a story, and Linnet the co-owner and operator of the Snow Goose finds herself with empty rooms as tourists leave town and locals begin to panic. Myna, Linnet’s estranged sister, decides to come home to help her sister and father, a former professor and ornithologist, deal with the current crisis. But tensions rise between the sisters as secrets buried long ago come back to haunt them. When a reporter shows up asking questions about his past and a local college professor is found murdered on the B&B property the emotional strain becomes too much for the sisters and secrets hidden long ago eventually come to light. Linnet and Myna are finally forced to confront their past and let the truth fall where it may.
The Sisters of Blue Mountain is a great read for anyone who likes a good mystery, but also matters of the heart. The characters that Karen Katchur created in this novel are real and honest. The strain between the sisters, Linnet and Myna is palpable. Myna, although a grown woman, is still the lost little girl afraid to commit and desperate to have her sister’s love and approval. Linnet is fierce in protecting her son and father, but gives little compassion and leeway to her sister. The secret they share has left a large crack in their relationship and only the truth coming to light can repair the damage. The father is loving towards both his daughters, but his daily struggle with the ups and downs of dementia is painful to watch. I kept turning the pages wanting to know why the strange phenomena of the geese and fish occurred as well as the secret the girls had buried long ago. The author skillfully ties it all together at the end and leaves the reader with no secrets but hope for the sisters’ broken relationship.
The Sisters of Blue Mountain by Karen Katchur is a well spun mystery with suspense and tension to keep the pages turning to the very end. A quick read with some surprises that will not leave you disappointed. I want to thank St Martin’s Press, Thomas Dunne Books for an advanced copy of The Sisters of Blue Mountain for a fair and honest review.
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