I was so excited to read this book when I stumbled across it:
Ten years ago, Izzy Stone’s mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother’s apparent insanity, Izzy, now seventeen, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at a local museum, have enlisted Izzy’s help in cataloging items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades old journal, and a window into her own past.
Clara Cartwright, eighteen years old in 1929, is caught between her overbearing parents and her love for an Italian immigrant. Furious when she rejects an arranged marriage, Clara’s father sends her to a genteel home for nervous invalids. But when his fortune is lost in the stock market crash, he can no longer afford her care—and Clara is committed to the public asylum.
Even as Izzy deals with the challenges of yet another new beginning, Clara’s story keeps drawing her into the past. If Clara was never really mentally ill, could something else explain her own mother’s violent act? Piecing together Clara’s fate compels Izzy to re-examine her own choices—with shocking and unexpected results.
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I liked it. I liked the story. I like the alternating character chapters. I liked that it was two different time periods. I found the setting, characters and all that jazz very interesting. My ONLY hang up is I wish I read the book instead of audiobooking it. I didn't enjoy the narrator. She annoyed me. And I think I would've been better off imagining Izzy's voice and Clara's voice instead of listening to it. Other than the narrator and the ending that you can pretty much predict - it's a good read.
If you liked Orphan Train you'll probably really like this.
I say: Read it.
4 out of 5 stars.