Distant Waves : A Novel of the Titanic
by Suzanne Weyn
Jane Taylor was never in what might be called a "normal" family. Her mother is a professed medium whom many believe can contact the dead and let them speak through her. Her older sister, Mimi, is an non-believer who can't be in the same room during séances because she's always rolling her eyes. Her younger twin sisters have a strange bond in which one seems to have the predictions, but can't talk, and the other talks for both. And her youngest sister just wants to get out of their crazy town and live the high life.
Of course, it's not really a normal time. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writes about Sherlock Holmes and believes that all spiritualists are real. Harry Houdini works to demonstrate that all spiritualists are frauds. And Nikola Tesla is running around experimenting with electricity, vibrations, and time travel.
Unfortunately, all the spirits in the universe can't stop events from leading to one of the biggest maritime disasters in history. And nothing can stop Jane and her sisters from being there to witness it all first-hand.
Final thoughts: This is a poorly written piece of historical fiction. The pacing keeps changing from slow to rushed to slow again and it often feels like a high school research paper gone horribly wrong. Reading it is like witnessing Weyn's personal discoveries. Ooh! Tesla did this cool stuff, let's make him central. Here's some interesting things about spiritualists of the day; I'll mix those in. Houdini and Doyle would be great to have as cameos and it will prove I've done tons of research!
Only read if you can read it for free. (Though I will admit that the cover is hauntingly beautiful.)