The Winter People (11 February 2014) by Jennifer McMahon

The Winter PeopleThe Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In The Winter People, Jennifer McMahon creates a deliciously compelling tale, a dual-time ghost story filled with murder, revenge, hidden caves, secret diaries, and portals to the other world. McMahon’s fans, as well as readers new to her work, will be quickly enchanted by this story, a novel which may be her best yet.
And those readers, who like me, felt that some of her earlier novels were not entirely successful in weaving the disparate genres of horror, fairytale, and family drama together, will be pleasantly surprised with how well the author succeeds in creating a coherent and gripping story this time around.
It is hard to share too much of the plot of The Winter People without giving away spoilers, but in a nutshell, it is the story of a group of characters in the small town of West Hall, Vermont, who are affected by the fallout from a town legend describing a way to reawaken the dead.
McMahon’s work is unique in that it has a joyful tone; her characters are mainly motivated by love for their children and families. And the author clearly loves Vermont; her descriptions of the snowy forests and old farmhouses are the perfect thing to read on a cold winter’s night. But at the same time, The Winter People is truly a thriller and a grown-up fairytale, which explores how love and loss can become perverted into hatred and madness. Ultimately, although The Winter People is a story with multiple narrators, and a complex weaving of the past and present, it manages to be a clear, enjoyable, easy-to-follow read.
In my opinion, Jennifer McMahon is getting better and better as a writer, and I would recommend The Winter People to her fans, as well as anyone who enjoys an atmospheric ghost story. I received The Winter People from the publisher through NetGalley.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Beady Janet
    Feb 16, 2014 @ 00:21:34

    Sounds a good read, think I’ll give this a try based on your review.

    Reply

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