Return to a twisted version of Jazz Age New York in this follow up to the critically acclaimed fantasy Westside, as relentless sleuth Gilda Carr’s pursuit of tiny mysteries drags her into a case that will rewrite everything she knows about her past.
Six months ago, the ruined Westside of Manhattan erupted into civil war, and private detective Gilda Carr nearly died to save her city. In 1922, winter has hit hard, and the desolate Lower West is frozen solid. Like the other lost souls who wander these overgrown streets, Gilda is weary, cold, and desperate for hope. She finds a mystery instead.
Hired by a family of eccentric street preachers to recover a lost saint’s finger, Gilda is tempted by their promise of “electric resurrection,” when the Westside’s countless dead will return to life. To a detective this cynical, faith is a weakness, and she is fighting the urge to believe in miracles when her long dead mother, Mary Fall, walks through the parlor door.
Stricken with amnesia, Mary remembers nothing of her daughter or her death, but that doesn’t stop her from being as infuriatingly pushy as Gilda herself. As her mother threatens to drive her insane, Gilda keeps their relationship a secret so that they can work together to investigate what brought Mary back to life. The search will force Gilda to reckon with the nature of death, family, and the uncomfortable fact that her mother was not just a saint, but a human being.
Review of Westside Saints
Westside Saints is another quirky adventure for the solver of tiny mysteries – Gilda Carr.
This time she runs smack into her formerly deceased mother, Mary. Gilda is now confronted with a huge mystery. How did Mary get here? Why doesn’t Mary remember Gilda? Why is Mom so mean? And what is Gilda to do about it all?
At the same time, there is a church. I’m just going to say it. It is a strange church. Even before the long dead patriarch returns from the dead. (Another huge mystery.) Still Gilda perseveres with the tiny mystery – the hunt for the church’s lost saint’s finger.
Yes, there is a lot of stuff going on! Missing fingers, resurrected people, preaching, snow, cold, drinking colored gin, gangsters, a killing fire. There is a lot to keep track of. But, rest assured, somehow, Gilda will bring all the confusing jigsaw pieces together into one wacky finished puzzle.
In Westside Saints, Akers has done it again, creating this very colorful alternative New York, messing with all the characters and deftly spinning a tale that threatens to spin out of control. But the top will stop spinning without falling off the table, all the characters will right themselves just where they need to be, and the saint’s missing finger will be found. You just cannot possibly imagine how this will all happen. And that is exactly what makes Westside Saints so fun!
Through Netgalley, the publisher provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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