The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters – Book Review



I loved this novel.  It has everything a reader could want – a likeable, feisty main character; a murder (or accident?); a questionable step-father; a ghost; some all-round discrimination; and a mystery.


The book takes place in Oregon, during the 1920’s, so there is a little prohibition, some poverty, and white supremacy.  Hanalee Denney, our main character is still mourning the death of her black father, Hank when she begins to hear that his ghost is haunting the road where a white teenager accidentally hit him, causing his death.  To add to her misery, Hanalee is a biracial teenager, confronting ill-will on the part of boys she grew up with; a white step-father; and a released murderer who claims her father’s death was not his fault.


Is her step-father to blame?  What were the real circumstances of Hank’s death?  What does the Ku Klux Klan have to do with it?  And, are Hanalee and her mother going to come out of this unscathed?

I highly recommend this book.  The writing is great, character development good, and I learned things about Oregon, and the 1920’s and race relations I had not known before.  Good book!


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