Friday, March 13, 2015

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The Winter PeopleThe Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon landed itself on my favorites list. Her characterization is above reproach. If only I could write a ghost story like this. I’m currently terrified of my closet. Really.

The plot time jumps, a trend I see a lot lately (and love, by the way) between 1908 and present day with a dash of other decades dropped in. The plot is linear though and the changing decades only adds greater dimension to the thickening story.

Plot – amazing. Characters – flawless. Writing technique – and editor’s dream.

I will definitely be reading more work by this author. It isn’t often a book truly scares me; and this one did.

From the book:

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.

Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara’s farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that has weighty consequences when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished. In her search 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 into the historical mystery, she discovers that she’s not the only person looking for someone that they’ve lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.

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