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Catherine is a YA romantic suspense novel, and a modern retelling of Wuthering Heights, by April Lindner.

Chelsea has spent most of her life believing that her Mom, Catherine, had died when she was young. When she found a letter her Dad kept from her for years, though, all of that changes. Her Mom didn’t die, she left. With full intentions of returning… until she disappeared into thin air.

So, armed with this letter, Chelsea begins to follow the clues of where her Mom went, hoping that perhaps she can find her. First stop is the return address for the letter, The Underground, a famous Manhattan club featuring up-and-coming musicians. Currently being ran by the enigmatic, sullen Hence.

Twenty years before, Catherine focuses on schoolwork and the future – never giving all that much attention to boys, since most of them just want the attention of her wealthy Dad anyway, hoping for a gig at The Underground. But when Hence arrives, desperately in need of a roof over his head and a chance, Catherine can’t help but be pulled into his mysteriousness. Between them burns a fiery passion she never would have believed herself possible of, but their relationship is being tested…

With switching viewpoints between present-day Chelsea and her Mom in her teenaged years twenty years previously, April Lindner presents an original retelling of Emile Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.

You may remember that I was very impressed by Lindner’s retelling of Jane Eyre called Jane. Here again I was pulled in by the dramatic, lyrical language. I liked the presentation of two different generations, mother and daughter. The mystery and gothic air was thick in the atmosphere of the novel.

Catherine is dark, sexy, and intense with both viewpoints grabbing me and not letting go. It’s heartbreaking, obsessive, and intriguing. I was constantly wondering what ended up happening, yet nervous at the same time. Its suspenseful romance – and a story of a girl learning the truth about her mother for the first time.

Not a happy-go-lucky book, but really something, Catherine is undeniably a page-turner! It made me more interested in reading Wuthering Heights, which I admit previously I had a hard time with. Before I always found the characters simply too unlikable. Maybe that’d be different now.

I wouldn’t necessarily say that I felt Catherine was as good as Jane, but this spin of turning classic brooding male leads into rock stars is pretty irresistible! I felt it was quite good!!!


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