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.
While I loved many aspects of this book, I did not even like the main character. The book was written with no true form. It seemed to go off on as many random tangents as it possibly could.
I read this book as it was nominated as Book of the Month for my Goodreads group, The Gothic Novel Book Club. While it fulfilled many of my wants from a gothic novel, it left me so frustrated with the main that I couldn’t even finish it.
“I can’t believe we’re even using the words ‘That’s better than a lynching.’ What’s wrong with the world right now”
“What isn’t wrong with it?”
– The Uninvited, Cat Winters
Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
At Water’s Edge – Sara Gruen
A Great and Terrible Beauty – Libba Bray
Ink and Bone – Rachel Caine