The Winter People: A Novel by Jennifer McMahon
Thoughts before Reading:
I received this book in a contest, my only payment being an honest review.
Let me just start off and say that I found this to be a phenomenal book. Absolutely amazing. I started reading, intending to only start the novel, but found myself buzzing through it I just had to find out the end.
So the story is split between two different times. First we have Sara Harrison Shea from the turn of the century, living in West Hall, VA. Young Sara is raised by her father and Auntie, a healer, who teaches her things others, including the minister, would not approve of.
Everything changes one day when her husband goes hunting.
Since then West Hall has been a strange, spooky place.
Disappearances are common in the town, along with myths and legends.
The most mysterious being the tragic death of Sara Harrison Shea, who was found disturbingly dead just a few months after the death of her daughter.
In present day; Ruthie and little Fawn live with their widowed mother Alice on a country farm. Much to Ruthie’s disgust and dislike, Alice has always forced them to live their lives off the grid, no internet, no connections, etc.
One morning Ruthie wakens to find her mother gone.
Just disappeared out of the blue, something her controlling and protective nature would never do.
As she searches for clues to where she might have gone to, Ruthie discovers Sara Harrison Shea’s secret diary.
Katherine has recently lost her husband when he died in a car accident.
Already saddened over the death of her child, she is even more distraught to discover her husband had a secret.
He’d been coming to West Hall, VA for a while, but why? No one he knows is out here and why would he lie about it?
As she moves to West Hall to investigate, she discovers a connection between her husband, Alice, and Sara.
There are others who are after the diary Ruthie holds, and its great secret.
It was a great book.
Incredibly well written, superb storytelling, fantastic characters and incredible suspense. I just loved it.
I won’t say anymore because I don’t want to ruin it, but aw! So great!
For more supernatural mysteries, go to Grave Peril
For more on disapperances, go to Cookie Dough or Die
For more widows looking for answers, go to The Italian Wife
For more historical fiction mysteries, go to Ticker
For more not-in-a-series mysteries, go to Sleeping Beauty