Charlotte Smith leaves her comfortable life in 1880s San Francisco
under the guise of visiting her aunt in Newport, RI. What her parents do
not realize is that Charlotte is attempting to infiltrate the Goldengrove
Asylum, where her beloved older sister, Phoebe, has been confined for
years by their parents. Once Charlotte gets in, she has to navigate the
complex maze of the asylum as well as deal with the unorthodox
treatments to "heal" the patients. Charlotte is determined to save
Phoebe from this confinement because it's her fault Phoebe ended up
there in the first place. But the longer she's there, the more she learns
about the secret of the other inmates, and the less time she has to find
her sister without her parents begin to suspect something is wrong.
Can Charlotte accomplish her goals, or are she and her sister destined
to spend the rest of their lives in Goldengrove?
Beautifully crafted with rich historical detail, flawless and fleshed out
characters as well as an engaging storyline, WOMAN 99 by Greer Macallister is an unforgettable
treat to read and savor. In addition, it was a sad and eyeopening read
on the power men have had over women to commit them to an asylum
simply based on their word rather than on a woman's real condition. WOMAN 99 does not shy away from
these controversial issues. In addition to exploring the power dynamics
between men and women, Greer Macallister explores the strong bond
of sisterhood between Charlotte and Phoebe, and I admired Charlotte
for what she risked in order to find her sister. There is also the strong
bond of friendship between Goldengrove's inmates and how ultimately,
their dreams are not what they seem.
For readers seeking novels inspired by the famous Nellie Bly expedition
to a mental asylum but also features elements of sisterhood, friendship,
and coming-of-age, WOMAN 99
by Greer Macallister is a must read!
When Charlotte Smith's wealthy parents commit her beloved
sister Phoebe to the infamous Goldengrove Asylum, Charlotte
knows there's more to the story than madness. She risks
everything and follows her sister inside, surrendering her
real identity as a privileged young lady of San Francisco
society to become a nameless inmate, Woman 99.
The longer she stays, the more she realizes that many of the
women of Goldengrove aren't insane, merely inconvenient ―
and that her search for the truth threatens to dig up
secrets that some very powerful people would do anything to kep.
A historical thriller rich in detail, deception, and
revelation, Woman 99 honors the fierce women of the past,
born into a world that denied them power but underestimated