The Winter People
By: Jennifer McMahon
# of pages: 317
Challenge: R.I.P. XI
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, Gertie. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara’s farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching 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 deeper into the mystery of Sara’s fate, she discovers that she’s not the only person who’s desperately looking for someone that they’ve lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.
My opinion: I was going to read The Night Sister by the same author, but it wasn’t available at the library. The Winter People was, so I checked that out instead. I’m glad I did because this book was a suspenseful read for the R.I.P. Challenge! I was hooked the entire time. I’m not going to lie; I’m not sure I was happy with the ending. The pace at the end was a little rushed after all of the build up. I didn’t quite follow why Ruthie’s story ended the way it did. She made a decision that I didn’t understand. Overall, this was a fun, suspenseful read that I’d recommend to lovers of suspense, ghost stories, etc.
Why I gave this book 4/5 stars: Mostly well written, characters I liked and related to, original story
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