The Winter Station by Jody Shields

The Winter Station

An aristocratic Russian doctor races to contain a deadly plague in an outpost city in Manchuria - before it spreads to the rest of the world.1910: people are mysteriously dying at an alarming rate in the Russian-ruled city of Kharbin, a major railway outpost in Northern China. Strangely, some of the dead bodies vanish before they can be identified.During a dangerously cold winter in a city gripped by fear, the Baron, a wealthy Russian aristocrat ...

Details The Winter Station

TitleThe Winter Station
Release DateJan 30th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, Russia, Mystery, Historical Mystery

Reviews The Winter Station

  • Nancy
    The Winter Station by Jody Shields was just the read I needed. I was experiencing a lack of motivation and knew it was time to pick up a book that would sweep me along into it's world.Based on a "true story that has been lost to history," the atmospheric setting is beautifully detailed, the mystery revealed with a slow build up of suspense, the characters fully realized and sympathetic.The story takes place in the winter of 1910 in a remote Manch...
  • Stuart Rodriguez
    I really wanted to like this book. It’s solidly written with some lovely turns of phrase; the main character is developed well enough (though I’m afraid I can’t quite say the same for many of the supporting cast); and the plot, at least in summary (A mysterious plague has struck! Can the city’s doctors stop it before it spreads, or they themselves are infected?), is an interesting one.But this book was never able to hook me. I reached the...
  • Gingersnaps
    This book would be a WONDERFUL find for those interested in the Chinese/Russian tensions at the start of the 1900's Honestly, it's been months since I've given a book a 3-star rating, but I just can't bring myself to go higher on this book. There are two things that draw me into a book: A beautiful story, or beautiful writing. But this book had neither. The story never really gripped me. It was slow, and failed to draw me in, and as for the writi...
  • Annie
    As it is portrayed in Jody Shields’ The Winter Station, Harbin, Manchuria is the ends of the earth. It is a frozen outpost in winter and the Chinese Eastern Railway is its lifeline to the rest of the world. In the winter of 1910-1911, the city was maintaining a rough balance between the Russians who brought the railroad and money into the city and the Chinese who provided all the hard labor. That balance is severely tested when pneumonic plague...
  • Sharon Lawler
    Mesmerizing historical fiction based on the actual 1910-1911 Manchurian Plague, which spread from railroad stop to railroad stop. The politics between the Russian, the Chinese, and the Japanese, on the recognition, management, and treatment of this highly contagious and deadly disease, is the focal points, as are the coping mechanisms of the main characters. This included tea and the tea ceremony, calligraphy lessons, fortune tellers, and ice sai...