Monday, February 4, 2019

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

4 Stars

“There are worse things than death. Far worse.”
I decided to check out The Winter People last week when it was freeeeeeeeeezing outside. Of course, by the time I got around to reading it the temps were more like Spring because why have one season when you can have them all in the same week?

The story here is set in West Hall, Vermont – or, more specifically, a location known as “Devil’s Hand” – apparently named as such due to a rock formation that looks like this . . . .

Even though I was hoping for said formation to look more like . . . .

Because I am 12.

It takes place in two different timelines. One told in 1908 via a woman named Sara’s diary and the other in present-day told via Ruthie and her little sister Fawn whose mother has gone missing, as well as an additional present day narrative presented by Katherine who is trying to figure out why her husband was in the area when he met his untimely demise. Part ghost story (that isn’t ever scary), part mystery (that isn’t ever really mysterious because it’s pretty clear the entire time what is going on) - The Winter People was still quite the page-turner and quite an enjoyable way to spend my Saturday evening.

For those who want to dismiss it as a “been there, done that” type of book that was already written by someone else . . . .

Rest assured that the two aren’t really much alike at all. I look forward to getting to The Invited soon.

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