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Review: The Winter People

July 3, 2014

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.

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
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26 Comments leave one →
  1. July 3, 2014 4:25 am

    Sounds good

  2. July 3, 2014 6:23 am

    I really enjoyed this one but you are right that you have to just go along for the ride. I have only read two of this authors books but she is fast becoming a favorite of mine. Great review!

  3. July 3, 2014 6:27 am

    I don’t read this genre often so I’d definitely need it to be compelling – but who knows, I might like it :)

  4. July 3, 2014 7:08 am

    I’ve been debating about this one, but am tempted to listen just for the narrators – both are amazing.

  5. July 3, 2014 7:30 am

    I’m not big on supernatural stories either.

  6. July 3, 2014 7:40 am

    Not that gone on supernatural either!

  7. July 3, 2014 8:05 am

    I usually really dislike supernatural stories, so this one probably isn’t for me!

  8. July 3, 2014 8:09 am

    I’ve heard of Jennifer McMahon ever since I started blogging but I don’t think I’ve read any of her books. I keep meaning to, but I’m not always sure if her books are for me. This one sounds like it has a great idea.

  9. July 3, 2014 10:40 am

    Not sure about this one, though I have read several McMahon books. I find her hit or miss for me. I like the idea of the story, but have heard mixed reviews. Thanks for your honest opinion.

  10. July 3, 2014 11:03 am

    Hmmm…I love the supernatural…it sounds kind of interesting…but…I have had this for a while and have not been tempted to read it! Yet!

  11. July 3, 2014 11:12 am

    This sounds like one I would enjoy. Thanks for your great review.

  12. July 3, 2014 1:52 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile now and am glad you ended up liking it, Kathy, even if it wasn’t to your usual taste. I enjoy a good supernatural story, and so I imagine that aspect won’t bother me at all.

  13. July 3, 2014 3:07 pm

    I have this book, sent to me after publication. I’m worried about the supernatural angle. I love her other books for the psychological parts. Love the narrators of this one.

  14. July 3, 2014 8:39 pm

    I like supernatural books, so this sounds like one I would enjoy

  15. July 4, 2014 12:15 am

    Thanks for another excellent review. I’m not quite sure if this one’s for me.

  16. July 4, 2014 9:52 am

    Yeah, I’m like you. I don’t like supernatural stories, so I’ll pass on this one.

  17. July 4, 2014 2:40 pm

    I liked this book, though I wasn’t too happy about the ending.

  18. Beth F permalink
    July 5, 2014 8:53 am

    I really liked this, as you know. I can see how it might not be a book for you, though.

  19. July 5, 2014 10:38 am

    I have heard many great things about this one; sorry to hear it didn’t completely work for you, but at least it sounds like you still got some enjoyment of it! As you know I love a supernatural touch, so we’ll see if I enjoy it more than you did. Thanks for the review!

  20. July 5, 2014 7:30 pm

    The narration sounds good, though like you (and many of the commenters!) I don’t read a lot of paranormal either.

  21. July 6, 2014 3:24 pm

    I love ghost stories, but I’m not sure I would pick this one up. I think I’m burnt out on books with female protagonists. There just doesn’t seem to be a huge, outside of thrillers and mysteries, selection of newer books written for a male audience. Not sure what’s going on with that.

  22. July 7, 2014 10:30 am

    I’ve seen this one around and haven’t been too interested but the clip you provided makes me want to give the audio a chance.

  23. bookingmama permalink
    July 7, 2014 10:49 am

    I actually enjoyed this one quite a bit. Thought the writing was very good even if I’m not usually a fan of supernatural books.

  24. July 9, 2014 9:11 pm

    I like the supernatural for a chance of pace and am looking forward to this one.

  25. July 13, 2014 10:14 am

    Supernatural? Dual narration? I think I’ll pass. I’m really getting tired of the dual storyline narrative.

  26. July 18, 2014 10:56 am

    I read this one back in January and remember enjoying it, but I think her 2013 release was more suited to my taste (I’m not a huge fan of paranormal)..I have liked the two books of hers that I’ve read, but I really hope she doesn’t continue down the paranormal path …

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