The Salt in Our Blood – Ava Morgyn, Albert Whitman & Company, 9780807572276, 2021
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5
Genre: Mystery, Fantasy
Synopsis/What did you like about the book? After the death of her beloved grandmother, 18 year old Cat goes to live with her estranged mother in New Orleans. Cat feels resentful of her mother, a person diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, because she abandoned Cat and left her in the care of Cat’s grandmother ten years earlier. Once she is settled in New Orleans, Cat soon discovers that there is more to her mother’s illness and she fears that it may be hereditary because she begins to see and hear things that may or may not be there. Along the way, Cat meets a young man named Daniel, who helps her to uncover dark events from her mother’s past, as well as generations before her.
While this was not my favorite book, I think that the author does a good job of describing what it may be like for those living with someone who has Bipolar Disorder. In addition, at the heart of the story is the relationship between a daughter and mother and the need for love, approval and protection.
Anything you didn’t like about it? There are a lot of issues in this book that may trigger certain emotions in a reader who may identify with any of the issues, such as: Bipolar Disorder, child abandonment, miscarriage, sexual assault, alcohol abuse and suicide.
To whom would you recommend this book? I would not recommend this book to teens on the younger side, but would recommend this book to “new adults” ages 17 and up. I would recommend this book to readers who liked Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power and Horrid by Katrina Leno
Who should buy this book? Public libraries that have a fiction section between YA and ADULT, as well as a population that likes to read mysteries with complex character relationships.
Where would you shelve it ? YA Fiction or Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? I am not sure it needs to be on the top of a “To Read” pile, but I do recommend it to those who are looking to create a new fiction section in between a “teen read” and adult fiction.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Whitney K. Brown Mansfield Public Library Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 7/20/21