Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio - Seattle, 1933. Single mother Vera Ray kisses her 3-year-old son goodnight and departs to work the night-shift. She emerges to discover that a snow has blanketed the city, and that her son has vanished. Seattle, 2010. Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge, assigned to cover the May 1 "blackberry winter" storm and its twin, learns of the unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth. In the process, she finds that she and Vera may be linked in unexpected ways.