Jennifer McMahon gets back to her roots with The Winter People (after her equally successful mystery-leaning last novel). This unsettling and odd novel tackles one of the biggest questions out there: Can the dead be brought back to life? The stories of several main characters are woven together between 1908 and present day. The plot involves a missing mother, a dead husband, a revenge killing, secret papers hidden in cubby holes, a grief-destroyed mother, something evil uncovered in a field, something terrifying buried in a field, and a closet door that has been nailed shut. Oh, how delicious! McMahon's central character is Gertie, one of the creepy little girls she has become so adept at creating (well... way, way beyond creepy this time around). An intricate, chilling "ghost" story, The Winter People will have you flying through its pages — definitely unable to stop! Recommended By Dianah H., Powells.com
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, Gertie.
Coming of age in an old farmhouse, 19-year-old Ruthie begins a search for her agoraphobic mother and discovers the century-old diary of the farmhouse's long-ago resident, a grieving mother who died under mysterious circumstances. (suspense).