The Wilderwomen, Ruth Emmie Lang

A woman in shadow takes up the cover. Two sisters also in shadow walk towards an orange sunset near the base of the shadowed women's shoulders.

Sisters Finn and Zadie haven’t seen their mother since she disappeared one night and left them behind five years ago. The sisters have a bit of magic. Finn can see memories, she calls them echoes, and Zadie gets psychic visions that are difficult to interpret. Can they use their gifts to find out what happened to their mom once and for all?

This book traverses the girls’ lives with their mother and without. We watch their bond, through the difficulty of losing their mother, of living apart, and in their attempt to find her. Zadie was a tough character to like. She was singularly focused on retaining her sister, and she didn’t much care if that got in the way of things. But I adored Finn. She has a way with people, they are drawn to her, and she can make friends everywhere.

I liked how seamlessly the girls’ gift worked with the storyline. I especially loved the campground and all the people that lived there. I would love to see more of those characters. The Wilderwomen is richly descriptive, and I felt I was everywhere the sisters were. This is such a lovely story. Thank you, St. Martin’s, for sending this along.

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About the Book

Five years ago, Nora Wilder disappeared. The older of her two daughters, Zadie, should have seen it coming, because she can literally see things coming. But not even her psychic abilities were able to prevent their mother from vanishing one morning.

Zadie’s estranged younger sister, Finn, can’t see into the future, but she has an uncannily good memory, so good that she remembers not only her own memories, but the echoes of memories other people have left behind. On the afternoon of her graduation party, Finn is seized by an “echo” more powerful than anything she’s experienced before: a woman singing a song she recognizes, a song about a bird…

When Finn wakes up alone in an aviary with no idea of how she got there, she realizes who the memory belongs to: Nora.

Now, it’s up to Finn to convince her sister that not only is their mom still out there, but that she wants to be found. Against Zadie’s better judgement, she and Finn hit the highway, using Finn’s echoes to retrace Nora’s footsteps and uncover the answer to the question that has been haunting them for years: Why did she leave?

But the more time Finn spends in their mother’s past, the harder it is for her to return to the present, to return to herself. As Zadie feels her sister start to slip away, she will have to decide what lengths she is willing to go to find their mother, knowing that if she chooses wrong, she could lose them both for good.

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