Review: The Winter People
When young Gertie dies in 1908, her mother, Sara, cannot get over the loss and decides to try a magic spell to bring her daughter back. It doesn’t work, of course, and results in further tragedy.
In the modern day, Alice lives in the same town Sara did with her daughters Ruth and Fawn. When Alice turns up missing, Ruth hunt for clues as to where she could be and discovers Sara’s diary. As she reads it, she finds herself getting lost in Sara’s story.
I’ve heard a lot about The Winter People, by Jennifer McMahon, so I was excited to read the book. I didn’t love it like I’d hoped to, but did end up liking it. I generally don’t read supernatural stories, though, so it’s probably just me. I’m somewhat skeptical when it comes to ghosts and the supernatural so I have trouble suspending disbelief.
The storyline of The Winter People alternates between Sara’s story in the past, told through her diary, and Ruth’s in the present. Their stories come together in a surprising way for an exciting conclusion. The story was suspenseful and had some exciting moments but it wasn’t terribly compelling for me. I have a feeling that people who enjoy supernatural twists will like this more than I did.
The audio version of the book is narrated by Cassandra Campbell and Käthe Mazur. They both do a terrific job and the dual narration made it easy to tell who’s part of the story was being told. The audio is on 9 CDs and lasts approximately 10 and a half hours.