Liz Williams is one of my favorite writers. Her first novel, a faux-Jack Vance pastiche called The Poison Master, thrilled me. Williams’ latest book, Comet Weather, features four sisters from Somerset, England who have “powers” to talk to trees and stars.
Each sister has her own talents and they come into play when their mother, Alys, disappears and the police claim she’s dead (although no body has been found). The sisters think their mother is still alive and they follow clues to see if they can locate her.
Along the way shapeshifters, ghosts, parallel worlds, and time travel come into play. If you’re looking for an involving novel with strong women characters and plenty of plot surprises, I recommend Comet Weather. A sequel, Blackthorne Winter, is planned. I love the cover by Ian Whates! GRADE: A-