The Sisters of Blue Mountain by Karen Katchur
First I would like to thank the lovey people at NetGalley and St Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books for allowing me to read an advanced copy for an honest review.
I was drawn to the description of this book and I have never read Karen Katchur before (but this is about to be remedied!)
This was a beautifully written book with many themes which are well conveyed. We meet Linnett who is the owner of a Bed and Breakfast in Mountain Springs. Life has become difficult for her lately and unfortunately is about to get a lot worse for her. The problems start off when hundreds of snow geese die overnight in the dam near the B&B which sparks a huge media frenzy and in turn threatening the tourist season. It also brings the arrival of her estranged sister, Myna upon hearing the news. The relationship between the two sisters is strained. Meanwhile we learn that their father is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and Myna was unaware of the extent. He is a retired Ornithologist and the University brings in an expert to replace him on the case but when he found dead on Linnet's property their father becomes the primary suspect. The investigation that follows slowly begins to unfurl secrets that were long buried and the sisters are forced to confront their hidden past when a journalist named Jake turns up not only to report on the dead birds but also has an ulterior motive for being in Mountain Springs.
I enjoyed the pace of this novel and the suspense. Just one little thing, I would have liked to see more about Linnett's friend Al who does not really appear all that much in the novel or given a lot of depth. Otherwise I enjoyed this novel by Karen Katchur and look forward to the next one!