Linnet grew up in the small town of Mountain Springs, Pennsylvania where she now lives with her husband and continues to run the family bed and breakfast. Linnet’s father was always known as the bird man around town since he spent his life studying birds as a ornithology professor. Now retired and starting to suffer from dementia Linnet’s father still lives in the guest house with Linnet caring for him.
One day they awaken to find that hundreds of geese have fallen from the sky and the town turns to the former professor to help solve the mystery of why they died. A current professor is sent out to collect samples and run tests but is found on the property dead the next morning and Linnet’s father is suddenly a suspect having been the last to see the man.
With reporters circling and police investigating Linnet calls in her sister Myna to come visit. The sisters however have somewhat of a strained relationship due to family secrets that have been buried for years but now it’s time for them to come together for the sake of their father.
The Sisters of Blue Mountain by Karen Katchur is a bit of an emotional suspense read. There is a lot of family issues between the sisters along with some buried secrets to uncover all the while dealing with the mystery of the dead geese and then the mystery of what had happened to the young professor that had been brought in to help.
This one was quite touching to me having dealt with dementia with my own grandmother I immediately became attached to Linnet’s father as he had his good times and bad during the story. With so much going on in this story it never became dull and always had my attention as the characters grew on me more and more. Both the past and present mysteries were not too terribly hard to figure out but the answers still somewhat crept up on me as I was also involved in the characters lives and emotions.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.