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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The Winter People
by Jennifer McMahon
Doubleday Canada (RandomHouse)
ISBN: 978-0-385-68145-2
Buy from Indigo

Description: West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother's bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked deeper into the mystery of Sara's fate, she discovers that she's not the only person who's desperately looking for someone that they've lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.

The Good Stuff
  • Wonderfully dark and creepy - yup I was a total wuss and wouldn't read this one past 8:00pm or I knew there would be no sleep  or weird dreams
  • Liked the description of the book that had photos from the past and present. Love books like that. It's so fascinating to see the changes of a town over the years
  • Sleepers really made me think of the white walkers from the Game of Thrones series.  
  • After bumpy start, book hooks you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat
  • Author does a fabulous job of setting the mood - you are totally creeped out and feel like you are part of the story
  • Past and present storylines are mixed well - never feels jumpy
  • Perfect for a cold and stormy night, tucked in with a comfy blanket, fire blazing and sipping on a lovely Pinot Noir
  • As with most books that switch from past to present, I felt more invested in the past - lets face it, it feels more mysterious - so this works extremely well for this tale
  • Loved and hated the loose ends to the story - totally could see this as a movie
  • As a Mom I totally felt for the maternal characters. I am not sure that even knowing, that I wouldn't do the same thing
  • Will definitely be looking for more by this author (and after finishing this review, I will be checking out what else she has written)
  • Been in a small town Vermont in the winter - yup can see how you can set a ghost story here - perfect setting (This is not a bad thing - Vermont is gorgeous - but there are area's that look bleak and unforgiving)
  • Fabulous cover - yeah I know you can't judge a book by its cover - but if you have a fabulous cover, people are going to pick it up - and with the market - you need that
 The Not So Good Stuff
  • Way too many dead children (at least no long vivid descriptions) 
  • Beginning jumped around a little and didn't grab me right away. Hope this doesn't put off some people as it does get better (could also be me though- sometimes life is crazy and  you cannot focus while reading)
  • SPOILER!!! Ok now this is just a personal thing, not really a bad thing, but it affected my reading of the story.  Reminded me at times of Pet Semetary.  I stopped reading King for 10 years because of that book.  I really have a hard time reading about sweet children brought back to life and well -if I go on this will be way too spoilery.  Hey I've got kids, I know they can be evil, but this goes a little too far for me. Yeah I know I'm being silly!
 Favorite Quotes/Passages

"She is the only one who might know what to say to me now, who might be able to offer true comfort. And I know, I just know, she would laugh when I told her I spat in the reverend's face!"

"Maybe she'd turn up. Maybe she wouldn't. Sometimes bad things-terrible things, even-happened."

"I think people see what they want to see. Sara's story is pretty amazing-everything she went through. But think about it: if you'd lost someone you love, wouldn't you give almost anything to have the chance to see them again?"

"We  all do what we think is best. Sometimes we make terrible mistakes, sometimes we do the right thing. Sometimes we never know. We just have to hope."

4 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

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