Chicago, Winter, 1891
Rachel is in danger. She's seen too much.
She creeps along the cement walls through the dank underbelly of the asylum. She'd never planned to leave her quiet farm life, never thought she'd find a place in the city, never imagined she'd be in the kind of danger that would have her cowering in Dunning's cold, labyrinthine basement.
Jenny has finally found her place. After a childhood of abuse, she has friends, a real job, and her only wish is to give her adopted son the kind of life she never had.
A life of stability, without the risk and uncertainty of a father.
But when Jeremy, Rachel's brother, stumbles into their warehouse, asking for help to find his missing sister, Jenny's carefully constructed life begins to crumble.
This is the second book in a series and I have a feeling you really should read them in order (find a description of book one here). I'm actually only a few chapters into the first one and I am hooked into this portrait of life in Chicago in the late 1800's. It's so far removed from the way things move and hum today, yet humanity really hasn't changed all that much.
This is the first of Cara's books that I have started although I now have 2 more in my pile. I think the covers and the kind of dark feeling threw me off, but the stories themselves, while dealing with dark things, are not dark, they are just real. I'm so glad to have "met" a new author.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Soul's Prisoner, go HERE.
Cara Luecht: I never planned to be a writer. In fact, it took me a while to finish college. But I did, and here I am. And I now I can’t imagine not being a writer. By day, I am an English Instructor for a local college, mother to four amazing children, and wife to an eternally patient and supportive husband. In the evening, when I can squirrel away some quiet time, I read and write historical fiction. I have a B.A. in English Lit. from UW Whitewater and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. If you have a question for me, or if you are local and would like me to stop by your book club or writer’s group, please drop me a line via the “Ask the Author” tab. I always love the opportunity to meet with others who share my love of books.