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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cat Winters Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9780062440488
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From the award-winning author of In the Shadow of Blackbirds comes a stunning new novel—a masterfully crafted story of love, loss, and second chances. Set during the fear and panic of the Great Influenza of 1918, The Uninvited is part gothic ghost-story and part psychological thriller, perfect for those who loved The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield or The Vanishing by Wendy Webb.

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.

The Uninvited is an atmospheric, haunting, and utterly compelling novel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Evocative and lushly written, The Uninvited also features a twist I never saw coming.”

    April Henry, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Winters’ novel illustrates how the tenacity of the human spirit combines with the audacity born of necessity to triumph over even the most unthinkable challenges. Would that every chapter of history be presented in such captivating, lushly-written prose.”

    Sophie Littlefield, award-winning author of Garden of Stones

  • “A wonderfully atmospheric and intriguing novel. Cat Winters portrays a fascinating period in American history with clever writing and a delicious plot twist. A novel that is sure to keep readers hooked to the end.”

    Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author

  • “In Winters’s dark and romantic adult novel, an act of shocking violence encourages a young woman to flee her rural Illinois home amid the influenza outbreak of 1918…The author effectively captures the dangers of the period, and yet Ivy finds bastions of human kindness and acceptance. Her compelling voice carries this gothic coming-of-age story, at once horrifying and tender, toward a revelatory yet hopeful conclusion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Enthralling historical tidbits…This should be popular with gentler readers who like their horror not too scary.”

    Library Journal

  • “Devotees of romance and ghost stories will doubtless enjoy Winters’ latest.”

    Booklist

  • “A successful teen author, Winters threads her first novel for adults with paranormal elements, manipulating them to build toward a surprising revelation…Intriguing.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • The Uninvited is an affecting novel, dark in fiction and in fact. Set in 1918 against the parallel epidemics of the Spanish influenza and an equally terrifying strain of ‘superpatriotism,’ Cat Winters’ latest offers resonant characters, a stunning twist, and an emotional, satisfying conclusion.”

    Michelle Gable, international bestselling author of A Paris Apartment

  • “A mesmerizing story of life and death in one of America’s darkest periods.”

    Megan Shepherd, author of The Madman’s Daughter

  • “Compulsively readable, beautifully written, and populated with characters that will hover in the air around you long after you’ve set the book on your nightstand. I finished this story and wished very much I had written it.”

    Wendy Webb, author of The Vanishing

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About the Author

Cat Winters’ debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was released to widespread critical acclaim. The novel has been named a finalist for the 2014 Morris Award, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, and a Booklist 2013 Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth. Winters lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two children.

About the Narrator

Emily Woo Zeller, a performing artist and yogi, has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration. Her voice-over career includes work in animated film and television in Southeast Asia. She has also worked as an actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer on stage throughout the United States and Southeast Asia. When not in the studio or on stage, she is a yoga teacher with a focus on holistic approaches to health. She holds a degree from the University of California, Berkeley.