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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Mar 14, 2015
  • kirstd31 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book was great! I could not put it down.

Jan 17, 2015
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Just enough creepy to keep the pages turning. A fast and engaging read. A great book to curl up with on a weekend and read from cover to cover.

Dec 28, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

McMahon's supernatural thriller has many elements to build a good page-turner, but the assemblage never quite works together. It starts as a very creepy and disturbing historical tale of the dead brought back from the grave, and develops into a contemporary mystery. Alternating between the two times frames, threads are connected and story lines converge, but it starts to feel more like a cozy mystery rather than a thriller.

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.

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