The Winter People

McMahon, Jennifer

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Winter People
In West Hall, Vermont, some secrets never die.... In 1908 Sara Harrison Shea was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. When Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother's bedroom. Ruthie is 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....
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 0385538499
Characteristics: 317 pages ;,25 cm


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Aug 04, 2014
  • ScoobyFan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is my favorite novel by Jennifer McMahon as so far as I've found her other novels obvious.

True the story is not original, but how many books are nowadays? Still a great read for someone who wishes a traditional gothic horror story.

Jul 03, 2014
  • 411ninja rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I was pleasantly surprised with this story. Graphic scenes are well written and are left to the readers imagination. Transitions from the past to present are well written.Although not a book I would recommend to a horror enthusiast it did have an element of tame terror, a psychological suspense novel. It is an interesting question - how far would you go to bring back a loved one?

Jun 12, 2014
  • dollfacecrafter rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved it! it was well written and very creative. her other books have been good also

May 15, 2014
  • pitkerro rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Clearly I am in the minority here. Didn't enjoy it much and found it neither terrifying or compelling, in fact pretty mundane.

May 13, 2014
  • rochellemc9110 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I have enjoyed all of Jennifer McMahon's novels and I think this one may be the best yet. She's a great writer.

May 10, 2014
  • aliciamarie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book cuts back and forth between characters and also between the past and the present. It will leave you with goose bumps, give you chills and keep you in suspense. Phenomenal writing that makes you feel as if you are really there, but not so much detail that you get bored reading. The end will have you crawling under the covers scared but warm your heart at the same time! It was my first book I've read by Jennifer McMahon but I definitely plan on reading more of her!

Apr 21, 2014
  • Krajzel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is the second McMahon book I have read and they are both excellent. I enjoyed both, The Winter People is such an unusual book dealing with bringing the dead back to life. Not usually my kind of book, but the story line is quite interesting and characters are good. At first you are a bit confused as to who is who. Continue reading and it all becomes clear. I have ordered 2 more of McMahon's books, each one is so different from the rest. I would like to see her write a series sometime. If your not squeamish, consider reading this one.

Apr 15, 2014
  • bluefields rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Looking for a book to read on a dark and stormy night? Well, maybe not this one! Yes, it's a good old-fashioned ghost story and I found myself sinking deeper and deeper under the covers reading this late at night. Very enjoyable, though the plot unravels a bit near the end. You'll keep reading and shivering!

Mar 22, 2014
  • ehbooklover rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Part thriller, part supernatural. If I had to describe this book using only one word that word would be “creepy”. It actually gave me goosebumps! At times, I wanted to take a break from reading because my stress level was through the roof, but I kept plugging on because I just had to know what would happen next. Loved it!

"One hundred years ago, Sara Harrison Shea was found dead behind her house not long after the death of her daughter, who she believed had never left her. In the present, 19-year-old Ruthie and her sister -- both home-schooled and isolated from the outside world -- wake to find that their widowed mother has disappeared. As they search for her, they discover Sara Harrison Shea's hidden diary, as well as several other items their mother had no reason to have. Their search also uncovers the creepy, gruesome history of their small Vermont town. Readers who can handle some supernatural horror will surely enjoy this "haunting, evocative, and horrifically beautiful" novel (Booklist)." Thrillers and Suspense March 2014 Newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/4e094271-7a6c-4526-9ef2-415c153c18ca?postId=18927596-1a79-4a5f-8a46-86587c18fccf

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