After listening to “My Name is Mary Sutter” and knowing this novel follows it, I was very curious to see how different they’d be. It was definitely different. While My Name is Mary Sutter focuses on Mary’s time at war, this one takes place 20 years later. In Winter Sisters, Mary Sutter is fighting a different kind of war.
Winter Sisters was gripping from beginning to end. I listened to the audiobook of this one and I’m glad I did because Tavia Gilbert gives an outstanding performance. The story deals a lot with the tragic occurrence of what happens to the missing sisters. It was tough to listen to but I should warn you about it because trigger warnings are important. This book deals with rape and the aftermath. Robin Oliveira does a good job taking care of what to describe and what not to. It was very well written. It allowed you to feel the impact fully. What was equally tough to listen to was how they dealt with these type of cases in that time period. If you’re a fan of courtroom dramas, as I am, this book will deliver very well on that front. I was on the edge of my seat following along with the trial.
This book is really, really good and the audiobook is excellent. I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of historical crime fiction, but also warn you of the content. I was devastated and angry a lot of times, but I was glad to have an uplifting ending.
Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Series: Mary Sutter #2
Published by Penguin Books
Pub Date: February 5th 2019
Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
Format: Audiobook, Paperback
Source: Publisher, Scribd
Genres: Adult Fiction, Historical
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New York, 1879: An epic blizzard descends on Albany, devastating the city. When the snow finally settles, two newly orphaned girls are missing. Determined not to give up hope, Dr. Mary Sutter, a former Civil War surgeon, searches for the two sisters. When what happened to them is finally revealed, Dr. Sutter must fight the most powerful of Albany’s citizens, risking personal and public danger as she seeks to protect the fragile, putting at risk loves and lives in her quest to right unimaginable wrongs.
As contemporary as it is historic, Winter Sisters is part gripping thriller, part family saga, and ultimately a story of trauma and resilience that explores the tremendous good and unspeakable evil of which humans are capable.