Welcome to my review of The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon!
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. (This summary was taken from Goodreads.)
If you’re looking for a quick recommendation, yes, I would definitely recommend this book!
This scary book’s got it all! A strange creature who roams the uncharted woods at night, a creepy backstory, a mystery, great characters, a quick read, scary scenes, the list goes on! If you can’t tell, this is one of my favorite books. There is one particularly creepy scene that I remember vividly. But I don’t want to describe it if you decide to read it.
McMahon is a fantastic author, with the ability to switch between characters and timelines without confusing the reader. The writing itself is simple, so as not to distract from the story. I think with any grand descriptions or long dialogue, my interest in the story may have faded. McMahon tells the story in a way that makes the reader feel immersed. Believe it or not, I don’t think I have anything bad to say about this book.
If you’re looking for a great horror read, this is the first book I’d put in your hands without hesitation. Overall, I’d definitely recommend it to a busy mom. You’ll be able to read it quickly. The need to read it to the end will have you finished with the book in a couple of days. Just keep in mind, if you are reading this book late at night, you might have to distract yourself with a funny show for a bit before going to sleep to avoid nightmares.
Five out of five stars
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