Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon (thoughts)
This book tells two stories in one: the story of Sara Harrison Shea who died under mysterious circumstances in 1908 and the story of Ruthie and her family who now live in Sara's old farmhouse. When Ruthie's mom goes missing it will be up to Ruthie to figure out both the mystery of her mother's disappearance and the mystery of what happened to Sara all those years ago.
McMahon does a marvelous job of intertwining those two storylines in a way that makes the reader not want to stop reading. I just had to keep reading because I needed to see what was going to happen next! And the atmosphere! This book had this dark creepy tension feel to it that just wouldn't let up. But my favorite part of the book was the isolated feel that the author created. She used the snowstorms, the farmhouse, and the two storylines to create this layer of isolation for the characters from the outside world. It felt like a living, breathing part of the story itself. I loved it! When you have two different stories being told, chances are that the reader will prefer one over the other. Myself, I preferred Ruthie's story as I wanted her to find her mother. Sara's story was really interesting though because it had hints of the supernatural. In fact, the author also did a really nice job of taking those hints and managing them in a way that made them almost believable. Which was quite horrifying when you think about it! (Those that have already read the book will understand what I mean). The ending was done quite nicely and while I didn't get all of the resolution that I wanted, I was left feeling satisfied. Because sometimes it is best to be left guessing, and there were some threads to this book that definitely left me in the dark.
Books like this are why I adore reading so much. I am hard pressed to come up with a single complaint for this book so I just won't. Instead, I will continue to gush because it was that good and this author is fast becoming one of my favorites. It is early in the year to say this but I'm guessing it will be one of my favorites for the year. And considering that I'm still thinking about it after finishing it a few weeks ago tells you how good this book really is! Highly, highly recommended!
Bottom Line: A book brimming over with atmosphere and creepy tension that kept me caught up within its' pages!
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book for review from the publisher courtesy of NetGalley. Thoughts are my own!