The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Hmm I’m not even sure where to begin. My daughter selected this book for me to read. It sounded suspenseful but I didn’t anticipate scary.

The is two stories intertwined and separated by almost 100 years. Sara is a young wife in 1908 living on a farm in West Hall, Vermont. The tragic deaths of previous children has made her overly protective and connected to her daughter Gertie. Her husband struggles to work the farm. Sara keeps secret the knowledge of the woman who raised her. When her daughter, Gertie goes missing, Sara is convinced she knows what happened.

Present time we find Ruthie living on the farm with her hippie mom and younger sister. After a night of partying, Ruthie returns to find her mother gone. They have always lived off the grid so Alice, Ruthie’s mom only left the farm to sell eggs on Saturday. To find her missing is more than disturbing. It opens the door to an unknown world and secrets hidden years ago by Sara. Ruthie begins the search with her sister, Fawn and boyfriend, Buzz.

Alice isn’t the first to go missing. The town has many tales of children and adults gone missing never to be found again. Is Alice’s disappearance connected to the others? Is it connected to Sara and Gertie? Enter Katherine, a grieving widow seeking answers to what her husband was doing in West Hall, Vermont immediately before his untimely death in an auto accident. And it all leads to the ultimate answers.

This is a ghost story. And therefore the ending is in the supernatural world. I think I would have felt more satisfied if the solution to Alice’s disappearance and all the questions had been solved with a real world answer. If you like ghost stories, you would like this book. It’s just not for me.


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