On the family homestead by the sea where she grew up, Martha Mary saw ghosts. As a young woman, she hopes to distance herself from those spirits by escaping to an inland college town. There, she is absorbed by a budding romance, relieved by separation from an unstable sister, and disinterested in the flyers seeking information about a young woman who’s disappeared—until one Indian summer afternoon when the missing woman appears beneath Martha’s apartment window, wearing a down coat, her hair coated with ice.
Martha Mary sees ghosts. She hopes to escape this phenomenon, plus her mother and her crazy sister when she moves to college.
She has a sister which is unhinged and gets “caught”, in other words. Her sister spends some time in an asylum. To me, Martha Mary is the one unhinged and doesn’t get caught. This is just my opinion about Martha Mary. As you read this story, it becomes evident what I am hinting at! (Trying not to give a spoiler away!)
I have a love-hate relationship with this book. Half the time I was unsure exactly what was going on. I think I expected more to happen. It was the peculiarities in this tale which kept me reading. And by peculiarities, you will need to read it to see! I also had a hard time developing an affinity for any of the characters. Just didn’t find any of them appealing.