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The Winter Peopleby Jennifer McMahon
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara’s farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that has weighty consequences when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished. In her search 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 into the historical mystery, she discovers that she’s not the only person looking for someone that they’ve lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.
“Everything you could want in a classic ghost story.” Chris Bohjalian, author of The Light in the Ruins
“One of the year’s most chilling novels....Enthralling.” The Miami Herald
“Crisp, mysterious and scary....Reminiscent of Stephen King.” USA Today
“The Winter People is hypnotic, gripping and deeply moving....A dream from which I didn't want to wake.” Lisa Unger, author of In the Blood
“McMahon is a scrupulous writer, nicely attentive to the nuances of character and landscape....The mournful voice of Sara Shea lingers in the memory, and McMahon, wisely, gives her the last word.” The New York Times Book Review
“The Winter People blends the anguish of loss and the yearning for connection into one great story, well told.” Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker
“McMahon gives readers just what they want: can’t-put-it-down, stay-up-until-dawn reading....[The Winter People] is also a poignant reminder of what grief can drive humans to do.” BookPage
About the Author
Jennifer McMahon is the author of six novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Island of Lost Girls and Promise Not to Tell. She graduated from Goddard College and studied poetry in the MFA Writing Program at Vermont College. She currently lives with her partner and daughter in Montpelier, Vermont.
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